The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force during an overnight patrol arrested a man who was alleged to have abducted a six-month old baby girl (Darasimi Akinyemi) at No 55, Oshodi Road, Oshodi, Lagos.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that mother of the alleged abducted baby, Mrs. Banke Akinyemi (29yrs) claimed that the suspect came into her room around midnight while she was asleep and took her baby beside her but the cry of her baby woke her up and that it was then that the suspect dumped the baby and ran.
Mrs. Akinyemi who hailed from Ejigbo in Osun State stated that it was her mother, who was staying with her and other neighbours within the compound, who apprehended the suspect.
According to her, “If not for the intervention of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force who were on a mid-night patrol the man would have been lynched”.
The suspect Mr. Idama Endurance (31yrs) from Obiakuruku area of Delta State refuted the allegations, claiming that he got drunk at a birthday attended the previous night and when he got home at midnight he had to jump the gate as he could not locate the key.
In his words, “Yes, it was after I jumped the gate that I entered into their room looking for a key to the gate as their door was not locked”.
Mr. Endurance, who claimed to be trading in “clothing materials” at Kairo market at Oshodi, also confirmed that other neighbours within the compound and passers-by had started beating him calling him ‘kidnapper’ before the arrival of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force.
SP Egbeyemi disclosed that preliminary investigations conducted by the Agency revealed that the suspect who stays in the same compound with the mother of the child illegally entered another neighbour’s room at the midnight.
The Chairman stated that the suspect would be transferred to Lagos State Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos for further investigations with the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni.