21st August, 2021
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected kidnappers, Desmond Ikechukwu Okafor and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke who conspired together and kidnapped an 8-year-old child, Daniel Chukwudi.
Okafor, 21 and Lyke, 34 kidnapped the girl on 11th July, 2021.
A statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu on Saturday said the kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Okechukwu 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 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, 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,” Ajisebutu said.