Police Arrest Two For Allegedly Kidnapping Minor, Demanding N2.5m Ransom


The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested two suspects, Desmond Okafor and Iyke Egwuonwu, whom it accused of kidnapping a minor, Daniel Chukwudi and demanding a N2.5 million for him.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, in in a statement said that Chukwudi an eight-year-old boy, was lured from his parents’ house in the Aboru area of Ipaja to Ajangbadi, where he was held for ransom.

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Ajisebutu said, “The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two male suspects, Desmond Okafor, 21, and Iyke Egwuonwu, 34, who conspired together and kidnapped an eight-year-old boy, Daniel Chukwudi, on July 11, 2021.

“The kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Okorafor, who, using his unhindered access to the family, 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.

“Twenty-four hours after the evil act, the suspects reached out to the victim’s parents and demanded N2.5m ransom as a condition for his release from captivity or else he would be killed.”

He said the parents of the boy reported what happened to the police. Continuing, he said,

“Following the report, operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau began investigation, which led to the arrest of the two suspects in their criminal hideout, while the victim was rescued from his abductors.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects be charged to court, vowing that kidnappers and other criminal elements will not be allowed to operate in the state.”



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