Two youths, aged 18 and 13, have been detained by Edo State Police Command in connection with the kidnapping of an eight-year-old at Erue Community in the Uromi axis of the state’s Esan North-East Local Government Area.
The victim was rescued by a good samaritan and brought to the police station on December 28, according to the command’s spokesman, Kontongs Bello, who made the announcement in a statement on Friday.
“At around 1300 hours, one Testimony Akioyame ‘F’ (8) of Arue Uromi in Esan North-East was brought to Uromi Police Divisional Headquarters by a good Samaritan, who informed the police that he found her tied down in an unfinished structure at Erue village of Uromi,” Bello said.
“On receipt of the girl and the information, the police operative immediately swung into action and arrested the duo of Godstime Obioko ‘M’ (18) and Destiny Osevaru ‘M’ (13) of Erue community in Esan North-East Local Government Area”
The statement added that the two suspects confessed “to have abducted the girl tied and kept her in an uncompleted building while they left her there to charge their phone so that they can be able to contact her parents. On coming back, they discovered that the girl has been rescued by an unknown person,”
The suspects confessed that they intended to demand Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) from the parents before she was eventually rescued.
“Investigation is still ongoing, the suspects will soon be charged to court when investigation is concluded.”
The commissioner of police CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, while thanking the public for prompt information which eventually led to the arrest of these criminals and rescue of the kidnapped victims, he reinstated his commitment to the safeguarding of life and properties”.