Nigeria: Mother, son arrested as police rescue five-year-old girl kidnapped in Delta State
London, March 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A five-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Delta State by some unidentified persons, while returning from school has been rescued by the police in Nasarawa State. Two suspects, a mother and her son arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement issued in Abuja.
According to him, the minor, who was abducted on March 16 in Warri, was rescued unhurt at Bukan-Kwatu area of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Mba quoted the father of the minor to have said, “I thank God o! I thank police o! I have even lost hope! I just received a call I should come to Force Headquarters to collect my pikin!”, when his child was handed over to him.
DCP Mba narrated that on receipt of the information, police detectives from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, acting on the directives of the Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, swung into action which led to the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the victim.
The suspects arrested are, Abdullahi Abubakar,30, and his mother, Mrs Jummai Salihu, 62, both of Bukan-Kwatu, Lafia.
Mba explained that, Abubakar who is well-known to the family of the victim abducted the girl under the pretext of helping the victim to cross the road and took her from Warri to Lafia.
The suspect was alleged to have kept the minor with his mother while he contacted the parents of the victim for ransom.
He said the suspects have made useful statements on the roles they played in the kidnap of the victim, adding that, “efforts are ongoing to apprehend other persons, particularly one Inusah Ibrahim ‘m’ 58yrs of No.7 UCC Road, Hausa Quarters, Warri, Delta State, connected to the crime” .
The IGP have asked parents and guardians to be aware that most criminal harms done to children, including child stealing, trafficking, and rape, among others were usually carried out by familiar people.
He advised them to pay close attention to their children and wards, especially on their movements to and from school in order to prevent any untoward situation that may endanger the children.