Police arrest 2 suspected kidnappers, rescue 2 victims in Lagos

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Lagos – The Lagos Police Command says it arrested two suspected kidnappers who allegedly kidnapped two persons, including a five-year-old boy.

DSP Ngozi Braide, the spokesperson for the command, told reporters on Thursday in Lagos that the victims were rescued and that the child had been handed over to his parents.

“On May 29, at about 12 noon, policemen attached to Ilupeju Division arrested two suspects (names withheld) for kidnapping five-year-old Adeleke Abaja  of No. 51 Bode Thomas, Lagos.

“The victim was kidnapped at the Church of Nazarem, Ilupeju, where he was celebrating Children’s Day party with some other children. The child was rescued hale and hearty at about 2 a.m. on May 31.

“The boy has been handed over to his parents. Serious effort is being made to arrest the fleeing members of the gang,” she noted.

The spokesperson said that another victim was rescued in the boot of his vehicle by policemen attached to Ajao Division, while the suspected kidnappers escaped after a shootout with the police.

Braide said that the police patrol teams had a distress call at No.12, Theodore Okonkwo St., Ajao Estate.

“The police personnel had a shootout with the hoodlums that snatched a Kia Cerato Salon car and abducted the owner.

“The hoodlums abandoned the vehicle and escaped while the owner was rescued from the boot,” she said.

Braide said one pump action gun, one revolver pistol, four cartridges and two iron cutters were recovered from the vehicle. (NAN)

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