The police in Ebonyi State have rescued a five-year-old boy abducted at Okwu-Ngbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.
The state commissioner of police, Peace Abdallah, confirmed the incident, saying the victim was kidnapped at 9:45 pm on December 30.
She said the prompt action of the police anti-kidnapping squad led to the timely rescue of the child.
Ms. Abdallah added that with intelligence gathering and collaborative efforts of the family and the community, an “aggressive search” was launched.
She said the search led to the victim’s rescue on January 3, after an attempt to collect ransom was foiled.
“On December 30, the boy and his two other siblings were said to have gone to their father’s provision store.
“When they reached the shop, their dad left the shop in their care and went to the house. Unfortunately, forgot his phone and asked the children to bring it while coming back to the house after the day’s business.
“The child is smart and used to holding the dad’s phone. The child was asked to take the phone to him where the dad was relaxing at about 9:45pm but the child diverted to another route that led to his kidnap.
“I visited the family myself with the AC CID. By the evening of January 2, after threatening to sell the child in Cross Rivers, they had to reduce the ransom from N1.5million to N100, 000.
“And you know, if you pay the ransom and you are not careful, you might also lose the child,” said the commissioner.
She said three persons had been arrested in connection with the kidnap.
The police boss blamed the child’s guardians for sending him on an errand at night.
She admonished parents and guardians that it was illegal to think that a child should do any role in the family, especially at night.
The CP further advised the public to be vigilant and inform the security agencies on suspicious movements around them.