Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp (LNSC) yesterday foiled kidnap attempt of a two-year-old boy, Darasimi Tijani, who was allegedly lured by suspected kidnappers with N50.
It was learnt that the incident occurred at No 90, Oyewole Road, Orile-Agege, about 9a.m. when the kidnappers realised that Darasim’s guardian, Mrs. Fathimo Balogun, went in to attend to the need of other kids.
Passers-by, it was learnt, suspected the kidnappers’ sinister moves and raised the alarm which led to their arrest by a mob.
The swift intervention of the LNSC officers saved the suspects from being lynched while the boy, his mother, Mrs. Wasilat Tijani, and the guardian were taken to LNSC station at Orile-Agege LCDA.
The Chairman of LNSC, Mr. Israel Ajao, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Mr Afolabi Olayiwola, confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
He said: “LNSC, at exactly 9.30a.m., upon an intelligence information received from the public, arrested two kidnappers at No 90, Oyewole Road, Orile-Agege who lured the little boy, Darasimi Tijani (two years old), with N50 note, when they realised that the guardian, Fathimo Balogun, quickly went in to attend to the needs of other kids.
“Passer-by raised the alarm and the LNSC officers moved to arrest and save the two kidnappers from being lynched by the public. We rescued the boy and the mother, Wasilat Tijani, with the guardian to our station at Orile-Agege LCDA along with the kidnappers.”
According to Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, preliminary investigation by the agency revealed that one of the suspects speaks Hausa while the other pretends as mad man.
He added: “Our primary investigation revealed that one of the suspects is a Hausa man by name Muritala Lado, who claimed to be a tailor, the second suspect pretended to be a mad man but later mentioned his name as Bassey. They all confessed to have committed the crime. They have all been moved to the Agency Headquarters at Bolade Oshodi for necessary further action.”