By Evelyn Usman
The Police in Lagos have arrested a 16-year-old son of a serving senior Customs officer, for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of his classmate.
The suspect, Gabriel Aledu, a Senior Secondary School 3 (SSS3) student of Apata Memorial Secondary School, Okota, was arrested last Friday by policemen from Gowon Estate division. The policemen also succeeded in rescuing the victim who was kidnapped same day, from where he was kept in the suspectâ€™s apartment in Gowon Estate.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the 15-year-old victim, a boarder in the school, whose identity was not disclosed, had gone to purchase GCE form somewhere around Okota field, last Friday, when all of a sudden a person claiming to be a policeman arrested both the victim and the suspect, claiming he was taking them to the station. Both persons, as gathered, were taken to an apartment in Gowon estate, which unknown to the victim, was Gabrielâ€™s apartment, where they were both tied in different rooms.
After a while, the victim, said to have managed to untie himself, went to the other room to rescue his friend only to realise he was not there. He was said to have cried for help on realising he was the only one in the flat, where fortunately, some curious passers-by came but could not rescue him, as the apartment was under lock and key. But they were said to have collected the boy fatherâ€™s phone number and contacted him.
While policemen from Gowon estate were on the rescue mission, eye witnesses said another team of police from Okota also arrived the scene for the same purpose.
Gabriel in his confessional statement, according to police sources, admitted to the offence but said he was not the only one involved.
The command spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, when contacted, said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department for discrete investigation aimed at rounding up other persons involved .
Mba who expressed shock at the alarming dimension with which kidnap had taken , warned all involved to take their nefarious activities elsewhere as the Command would do all within its power to nip the rising trend in the bud.