Police Rescue 8-Year-Old Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspects


Police Rescue 8-Year-Old Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspects

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two male suspects, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor (21) and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke (34), who allegedly conspired together and kidnapped an 8-year-old child, Daniel Chukwudi.

As contained in a release by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu (ANIPR), the young boy was allegedly kidnapped at the Ajangbadi area of Lagos State, on 11 July, 2021.

It also disclosed that the kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor, who, using his unhindered access to the family, lured the victim from his parents’ home at Aboru, Ipaja and abducted him to Ajangbadi where he was kept in custody for six days before he was rescued.

“24 hours after the evil act, the suspects reached out to the victim’s parents and demanded N2.5 million 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, CP 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 release added.