A 20-year-old man, Samuel Olabanji, has been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy while the child was returning from an Arabic school on Tunkarimu Street, Ajegunle, Lagos.
The boy, Rokeeb Akinwale, was said to have gone to the school on February 25 in company with 10-year-old Shukra, a neigbour, who strapped him to her back while returning home around 6pm. PUNCH Metro learnt that Olabanji reportedly waylaid Shukra by the roadside and snatched the boy from her.
The abduction was said to have been reported at the Ajegunle Police Division the same day by Rokeeb’s mother, Mrs. Sadiat Akinwale, after searching for him to no avail. The toddler had yet to be found as of Thursday when our correspondent spoke with the mother. On February 29, the suspects and three men were said to have returned to the area for another operation when he was caught while the others escaped. It was learnt that a mob beat him up before the police came to his rescue. Read more