The Lagos State Police Command, of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has again arrested 2 (two) male suspected kidnappers, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor (21) and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke (34), for abducting an 8 (eight) year old boy, Daniel Chukwudi from his parents’ home at Aboru Ipaja, Lagos and whisked him away to Ajangbadi area of the state, where he was kept in custody for days, before he was rescued by the NPF team.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu (ANIPR), who confirmed the incidence in a press release, dated Saturday, August 21, said, the kidnap was planned and executed on Sunday, July 11, 2021, by one Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor, neighbor to Mr. and Mrs. Chukwudi, who seized the privilege of access to the home of the victim, to kidnap him.
Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor, and his accomplice, Egwuonwu Gift Iyke, after 24 hours of the ungodly act, gave a call through to the victim’s parents, demanding the sum of N2.5m ransom, as condition for Master Daniel Chukwudi’s release from captivity, or risk having him killed.
Below is the Press Statement as issued by the NPF:
21ST AUGUST, 2021
POLICE RESCUE 8 -YEAR -OLD KIDNAP VICTIM, ARREST SUSPECTS IN LAGOS
The Lagos State Police Command has again arrested two male suspects, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor (21) and Egwuonwu Gift Iyke (34) who conspired together and kidnapped an 8-year-old child, Daniel Chukwudi, on 11th July, 2021.
The kidnap was planned and executed by the victim’s neighbour, Desmond Ikechukwu Okoroafor who, using his unhindered access to the family, lured the victim from his parents’ home at Aboru, Ipaja, and abducted him to Ajangbadi area of Lagos where he was kept in custody for six days before he was rescued.
Twenty -four hours after the evil act, the suspects reached out to the victim’s parents and demanded 2.5m Naira ransom as a condition for his release from captivity or else he would be killed.
Following report by the distraught parents, operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau began a painstaking, diligent investigation which led to the arrest of the two suspects in their criminal hideout while the victim was also rescued from his detention where he was kept incommunicado.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects should be charged to court, vowing that kidnappers and other criminal elements would not be allowed to operate in the State.
CSP ADEKUNLE AJISEBUTU (ANIPR),
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
LAGOS STATE COMMAND.