Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested a man who was alleged to have abducted a six-month old baby girl in Oshodi area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the suspect would have been lynched, but for the quick intervention of his men who were on duty saved the situations.
Egbeyemi disclosed further that preliminary investigations conducted by the agency revealed that the suspect who lives in the same compound with the mother of the child illegally entered the woman’s room at mid-night.
The mother of the alleged abducted baby, Mrs Banke Akinyemi, 29, said the suspect came into her room around mid-night while she was asleep and took her baby beside her.
She claimed that it was the cry of her baby that woke her up and that the suspect immediately dumped the baby and ran outside.
Akinyemi, who hailed from Ejigbo in Osun State said it was her mother who lives with her and other neighbours within the compound who quickly woke up and apprehended him.
According to her “If not for the intervention of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force who were on a mid-night patrol, the man would have been lynched”.
The suspect, Mr. Idama Endurance, 31 from Obiakuruku area of Delta State debunked the allegations that he abducted the baby.
He confessed to have been drunken at a birthday he attended the previous night and that when he got home at mid-night he had to scale the gate as he could not locate the gate key.
“It was after I jumped the gate that I entered into their room looking for a key to the gate as their door was not locked.
“Since I moved into the compound a year ago, I have been eyeing the mother of the child and when our landlady told me she was two months old pregnant then I immediately stayed off, he said.
Endurance, who claimed to be trading on ‘linen clothing’ materials at Kairo Market at Oshodi, however, confirmed that other neighbours within the compound and passers-by had started beating him and calling him ‘kidnapper’ before the arrival of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force.
The landlady, Mrs. Johnson Esther said she was surprised when the matter was reported to her.
She claimed the activities of the suspect looked suspicious as he normally come home late and usually jumped the gate to enter the compound most times.