The police in Lagos have rescued a two-year-old child abducted from the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM) regional headquarters in Agege two months ago. Baby Esther Ojo was recovered in an operation led by the Igando Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Dr. Taiwo Kasumu, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
The police also arrested the kidnappers, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Osunwoke Egwim, who were waiting to collect ransom at the location they asked the baby’s parents to bring the money. It was gathered that the police have been on their trail since they established contact with the kid’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oladipo Ojo, to demand ransom.
It was gathered that the suspects gave the parents six different locations to ensure they did not set a trap for them, but were eventually apprehended at about 12:30p.m. yesterday. It was gathered that they led the police team to their hideout where the baby was recovered unhurt and handed over to her parents.
The baby’s father, who could not hold back tears, said his daughter’s safe rescue had restored his trust in the police.
Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana, said the operation to arrest the culprits lasted over four hours. He said: “The Commissioner of Police has commended the DPO Igando and his team for reining-in on the gang. This operation to arrest the suspects today lasted over four hours.
“The police acted on credible intelligence and led plain cloth surveillance men on the trail of the suspected kidnappers. The kidnappers already demanded ransom of undisclosed amount from the parents of the baby and the church. They continued to change the venue for the collection of ransom within Igando axis for over four hours until they were rounded up by the police.
“This is in furtherance of the commitment of the Lagos State police command to ensure a crime-free Lagos that will be safe for all,” he said.