The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two kidnap suspects, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor, 21, and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke, 34, for allegedly kidnapping a eight-year-old child, Daniel Chukwudi, on July 11.
A statement by the command’s PRO, Adekunle Ajisebutu, on Saturday, said that the kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor who lured the victim from his parents’ home at Aboru, Ipaja, and abducted him to Ajangbadi area of Lagos where he was kept in custody for six days before he was rescued.
He was said to have contacted the victim’s parents and demanded for 2.5m naira ransom as a condition for his release from captivity or else he would be killed.
“Following report by the distraught parents, operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau began a painstaking, diligent investigation which led to the arrest of the two suspects in their criminal hideout while the victim was also rescued from his detention where he was kept incommunicado.
“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects should be charged to court, vowing that kidnappers and other criminal elements would not be allowed to operate in the State,” the statement added.