21st November, 2022
Detectives of the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Lagos State Command, have arrested a suspected serial kidnapper, Joy Kolapo.
Kolapo, 28, was arrested following painstaking investigation and intelligence gathering into the abduction of a three-year old boy, Bright, on October 27, 2022 in Ejigbo area of Lagos State.
Command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Sunday said the suspect was arrested in Omi Adio area of Oyo State on November 12, 2022 with another victim, one Moses, aged 7 whom she had kidnapped in Olopo Meta area of Oyo State.
Hundeyin said investigation led to the rescue of Bright in Akute area of Ogun State same day the suspect was arrested.
“Further investigation revealed that the suspect was a neighbour to Bright’s parents and had received the sum of N55,000 from his parents for his return.
“Thereafter, the suspect took the victim to her friend’s shop in Akute, begging her friend to babysit the child while she went shopping but never showed up again. The friend immediately notified the Police at Ojodu Abiosun Division in Akute of the abandoned child,” he stated.
Hundeyin added that the suspect then travelled down to Oyo State after leaving Akute, kidnapped another victim, one Moses, demanded and received the sum of N20,000 from his parents before she was eventually arrested.
“The boys have been rescued unhurt and reunited with their parents. Meanwhile, the suspect has since been arraigned,” he said.