Amotekun arrests man who disguised as scavenger and kidnapped 8-year-old girl in Ondo

January 13th, 2024
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Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, have arrested a scavenger who kidnapped an eight years old girl in Akure, the state capital.

The suspect who disguised as a scavenger abducted the girl and put her in a sack after hitting her with an object suspected to be charms.

Luck however ran out of him when the young girl started crying, attracting her grandmother who raised the alarm and the suspected kidnapper was apprehended by men of the Amotekun at the area.

Speaking, the 30-year-old father of the victim, Mr Bose James, said; “I was outside, washing my clothes and my mother was inside watching television. My little daughter, who is eight years old said that she wants to use the toilet and I asked her to go to the backyard to do that.

“Her cries attracted my mother’s attention who went to the backyard and confirmed that an “Aboki’ whom we mistook for a scavenger had kidnapped and hidden her inside a sack.

“It was my mother who ‘shout for help’ that made me rushed there and before I could get there, he had hit my mother with a heavy wood on her chest while she was struggling to rescue my child from him

“The kidnapper continued to attack whoever attempted to rescue my child from him, but I held on to him, preventing him from escaping.

“It was an Okada man who saw the scene that alerted men of Amotekun Corps stationed at Maronu area who swiftly arrived, rescued the girl and arrested the suspected kidnapper.”

Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, the State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, explained that the cry of the young girl attracted the residents of the area.

According to him, the suspect who pretended as a scavenger attempted to run away with the girl while the grandmother of the girl raised the alarm

“The alarm raised by the woman attracted the residents who attacked the suspect with different objects and attempted to burn him but they were stopped by men of Amotekun operatives who subsequently arrested the suspect,” he explained.

“Upon interrogation, we discovered that he is actually a kidnapper and he confessed that he has been in the trade for a while. Investigation continues on his case before we would finally hand him over to the court.

“Luckily, the eight years old child is mentally okay, despite the degree of the injury she sustained from the firewood attack, she is equally responding to treatment from our health facility”, he explained.

Adeleye warned parents and guardian to always keep an eye on their children anytime they are playing around, saying, “all these scavengers, majority of them are armed robbers who are surveying your premises and come to attack you in the night, most of them are informants to kidnappers and armed robbers.

“So we are seriously discouraging the scavengers within our society and I want to appeal to members of the public, to be more watchful and careful this times with their children.

“The long arm of the law has caught up with this one and we will make sure diligent prosecution is carried out to serve as a deterrent to others who are into the trade.

“Like we have been telling members of the public, we remain resolute and committed to the provision of adequate security of lives and property to residents in Ondo State

“Equally, we want to plead with them to always avail us with timely and quality information that we can act on and we are also reassuring them that the state is safe, economically viable and we assure investors to come into Ondo State and transact business without any fear of robbery attacks and kidnapping.

“Again, like we told you in November, that there was not going to be any robbery or kidnap incidents and till date, all such attempts have been foiled by officers and men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps and other security agencies through our joint patrol team, comprising of the Army, police, NSCDC the DSS, the Correctional Centres and the Amotekun Corps.”

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