A man identified as Desmond Okoroafor, has been apprehended for the alleged kidnap of his neighbour’s eight-year-old son, Daniel Chukwudi.
Okoroafor, 21, who resides in Aboru, In the Ipaja area of Lagos was nabbed alongside one Egwuonwu Iyke, his accomplice whom he reportedly connived with to abduct the boy and hold him captive.
Thee duo reportedly contacted the victim’s family from their hideout in the Ajangbadi area of the state and demanded N2.5m ransom for his release.
The police said operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau went after the suspects after the victim’s parents reported the abduction, which occurred on July 11, 2021.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Saturday said,
“The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two male suspects, Desmond Ikechukwu Okafor (21) and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke (34), who conspired and kidnapped an eight-year-old child, Daniel Chukwudi, on 11th July, 2021. The kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Okechukwu Okorafor.
“Twenty-four hours after the evil act, the suspects reached out to the victim’s parents and demanded N2.5m ransom as a condition for his release from captivity or else he would be killed.
“Following a 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.”
He further added that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects should be charged.