Vanguard (Lagos)

23 January 2013

Nigeria: Police in Lagos Arrest Child Kidnap Kingpin

Lagos — LAGOS State Police Command, has arrested a 25-year-old man who allegedly specialised in kidnapping children for money making rituals.

Also arrested, was a couple and a middle aged man who masqueraded as house- helps, only to rob their supposed bosses of their belongings.

The kidnap suspect, Tope Akingbemila, reportedly met his waterloo following a failed attempt to kidnap a five-year-old child in Ketu area of Lagos.

Tope arrested last Tuesday, according to spokes person of the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, had succeeded in dragging the five year-old child into a tricycle, saying, "but the victim's mother who was close-by, raised alarm when she sighted her son being driven away.

"An angry mob chased them and eventually rescued the child. Tope Akingbemila was arrested while three others escaped.

"In his confessional statement, he said his gang had received ransom from parents of two children earlier kidnapped. He is now helping the police to track his fleeing gang members."

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