Ogun police rescue kidnapped 3-year-old

The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday said it has rescued a three-year-old girl who was kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday.

The command spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known to journalists in Abeokuta.

Mr. Adejobi said the girl was seen ​at​ a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta. She was crying which drew the attention of members of the community.

​Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta were called and the child was handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.

Mr. Adejobi said preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded N300,000 ransom from the victim’s parents.

“The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family,” Mr. Adejobi said.​ “The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the police.”

He said the Commissioner of Police, Val Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter.

“The police boss was worried that recently the command has rescued three babies who were kidnapped in other states (not Ogun State) and that it calls for proper investigation,” Mr.Adejobi said.

He added tha​t the commissioner has however promised to discuss with his counterpart in Lagos state command on the need to tackle the recent development, plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in this criminal and inhuman act.

He said the police boss has appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the criminals.


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  • Otile

    Than God for the rescue of this innocent child. The Islamists roving around the church would have raped the little girl to death.

  • Opekete

    Let me express my appreciation for this article and my deep sympathy for us. I mean for us Africans both at home and in the diaspora. In the past I have argued vehemently against using our past slavery experience as an excuse for our sorry state of affairs but how disgustingly wrong I eventually discovered I was. Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSD) was not only real at the immediate aftermath of slavery but it essentially lingers even centuries after, perpetuated albeit deliberately by racial discrimination. Unfortunately racial discrimination after it was officially abrogated continued unofficially through deliberate profiling and economic deprivation. This post slavery disorder became a kind of neurosis that has inflicted both the psyche of Africans at home and in the diaspora hence we look at our sojourn in America and the countries of Europe as an opportunity that must be celebrated and possibly worshiped, This post slavery disorder is the reason why African leaders will loot their commonwealth and steal shamelessly to buy properties in America and Europe. The inferiority complex inflicted on the psyche of African people is still at the root of corruption and ineptitude that has made the African continent remain what it is today. Another psychological means of neo colonialism perpetrated on the psyche of our people is religion and I will not even want to talk much about this because it is so close to the raw nerves of the people. What is the way out? Brutal but patriotic authoritarian forward looking government like the former Singaporean leader. China did not just suddenly become what it is today, it is the sacrifice that consume millions of lives in the process. If we don’t do it by ourselves nobody will do it for us. We do not need sympathy, all we need is confidence, courage and the will to sacrifice our today for the tomorrow of our children. Heaven helps those who help themselves but the way to that heaven is not through the four walls of the church or mosque.