A team of Vehicle Inspection Officers, (VIO) foiled an attempt by three men to kidnap two stray kids in the Alagbado area of Lagos State over the weekend.
Reports say the suspects, Olaniyi Wale, Tunde Adeyanju and Lekan Sowaju came in contact with the kids aged eight and five at the time they were both looking for their mother around Otunba bus stop and somehow promised the kids they’ll find their mother while also convincing them to enter their vehicle.
Sources say the kids begged to alight from the vehicle when it passed their house but their plea fell on deaf ears as the suspects told them they were being taken to a TV station to report that they were missing.
Luck however ran out for the suspects when their car was flagged down by VIO officers who stopped them to inspect their vehicle papers but the suspicion of the VIO officers were raised when one of the suspects told one of the officers that they were in a hurry.
The trio were later quizzed about the kids in the car but they could not give a satisfactory answer on where they were taking them to and the VIO officers promptly handed the three suspects over to the police for further investigation.
During interrogation, one of the suspects, Sowaju, maintained that they wanted to assist the children, whom he claimed they met crying on the road.
He said: “We did not kidnap them. We saw them crying and stopped to help them. They said their parents were fighting and that they were looking for their mother.
I called our chairman, Balogun and we also contacted some media houses. We were taking them to Faaji FM and AIT when we were stopped.
“When they took us to the police station, our chairman was there to confirm that he sent us. But the police said the DPO was not around and that our people should come back in the evening, only for them to transfer us here.”
Fatai Owoseni, Lagos State Commissioner of Police who confirmed the arrests said the kids would soon be reunited with their parents as he also advised parents to always be on the look out for their kids to avoid such incidents.
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