By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Police Command have arrested two members of a kidnap syndicate, rescuing a six-year old boy who was kidnapped in far away Onitsha, aÂ fortnight ago.
Surprisingly, the principal suspects were discovered to be apprentices to the victimâ€™s father who is a businessman at the Onitsta main market.
On their parts, the principal suspects who demanded a ransom of N2 million from their victimâ€™s father, Mr Jerry Egwu, attributed their indulgence to their masterâ€™s failure to settle them at the end of their five-year service.
Parading the suspects identified as Samuel Ani and Abraham Asika before newsmen yesterday at the Commandâ€™s headquarters, Ikeja, the commandâ€™s boss, Mr Marvel Akpoyibo, explained that the six-year-old boy, Kenechukwu Egwu, was picked on his way back from school on February 8, 2010 by one of his fatherâ€™s apprentices, one Chidi in Onitsha.
He, thereafter, handed the boy to Samuel Ani who took him to Aba, Abia State same day.
Having spent six days in Aba without compliance on the side of Mr Egwu to pay the ransom, little Kenechuwu was brought to Lagos on February 14, 2010, by Samuel Ani, where he was to be kept with one Abraham Asika.
But the bubble burst after the little boy, who was reportedly kept in a church at Satellite area of Lagos by Samuel who went to make calls to inform Abraham Asika of his location, got missing in the crowd. The church members reportedly took little Kenechukwu to Satellite police division where he told policemen of how he was taken from school.
Apparently unaware that the little boy had opened up at the station, Samuel, on his return, went to the station, claiming to be Kenechukwuâ€™s uncle, only to be arrested.
The boyâ€™s father, according to Akpoyibo, was subsequently contacted where on reaching the station, he expressed shock on realising that the perpetrators were known to him.