- Suspect joined in search for victim
Penultimate Saturday, a female trader (names withheld) residing at Babalola Aroyewun Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos, was apprehended for allegedly abducting and detaining a 13-year-old son of her friend for three days.
The boy (names withheld), who had been missing for three days, was later found with his mouth and hands tied inside the apartment of the suspect, who incidentally is his mother’s friend.
The boy was said to be in the habit of coming to her mother’s friend’s apartment to assist her in fetching water and doing some other household chores before the incident occurred.
For the three days the boy had been declared missing, the suspected woman and the boy’s mother were running helterskelter in search of the teenager. The two women even went to the Igbogbo, Ikorodu Police Station to lodge report about the missing boy penultimate Thursday.
However, penultimate Saturday morning, the two occupants living on the ground floor of the one-storey building suddenly heard a strange muffled voice coming from the suspect’s flat upstairs. They immediately went upstairs to search the apartment, but they only had access to an unoccupied flat, where they found nothing.
Still hearing the strange muffled voice, the neighbours decided to call the suspected woman living in the other flat but, who had then left for Oshodi, where she runs a shop selling clothes, to ascertain whether she had any visitor, since the strange voice was coming from her apartment. But she denied.
The neighbours then raised the alarm and waited for the strangers talking in muffled voice inside her apartment to come out. After a while, the three neighbours then summoned the courage and took a decision to forcibly open the doors to flat of the suspected woman. When the doors were eventually forced open, what they found shocked all of them! Behold, the boy, who had got missing for three days, was found inside the apartment bound hands and legs while his mouth was also covered with a piece of cloth tied round his head.
The boy, who had become weak and was looking frail, was immediately untied and set free.
The father of the boy, Mr. Sulaimon Adeleke, who expressed shock over the incident, said that he established the relationship between the suspect and his wife for unity and friendship sake.
Adeleke added that he still found it unbelievable that such a woman could kidnap his son for three days and even join them in searching for him. The head of Onyabo in Igbogbo, Mr. Shina Olusanya, along with his team, was at the scene to search everywhere before the arrival of the police. The matter is now under investigation at Igbogbo Police Station, while the boy is receiving treatment at Shola Hospital.