Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) have arrested a man, Idama Endurance who was alleged to have abducted a 6 months old baby girl, Darasimi Akinyemi, at No 55, Oshodi Road, Oshodi, Lagos.
According to a press release signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Agency, Adebayo Tolaofiq Endurance was arrested during a midnight patrol by officers of the taskforce between Sunday and Monday night.
The Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police disclosed that the suspect would have been lynched to death but for the quick intervention of his men who were on duty who saved the situations.
According to Egbeyemi further preliminary investigations conducted by the Agency revealed that the suspect who stays in the same compound with the mother of the child illegally entered her room at mid-night.
The Chairman stated that the suspect would be transferred to Lagos State Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos for further investigations with the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni.
The mother of the baby, Mrs Banke Akinyemi, 29yrs, said the suspect came into her room around mid-night while she was asleep and took her baby from het side.
She claimed that it was the cry of her baby that woke her up and immediately the suspect dumped the baby and ran outside.
Mrs Akinyemi who hails from Ejigbo in Osun State stated that it was her mother who is staying with her and other neighbours within the compound who quickly woke up and apprehended the culprit.
According to her “If not for the intervention of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force who were on a mid-night patrol the man would have been lynched to death”.
Endurance, 31yrs, who hails from Obiakuruku area of Delta State debunked the allegations that he abducted the baby.
He confessed to have gotten drunk at a birthday he attended the previous night and when he got home at mid-night he had to jump the gate as he could not locate the gate key.
“Yes it was after i jumped the gate that i entered into thier room looking for a key to the gate as their door was not locked”.
According to the suspect “Since i moved into the compound a year ago i have been eyeing the mother of the child and when our landlady told me she was two months pregnant then i immediately stayed off”
Endurance who claimed to be trading on ‘linen clothing’ materials at Kairo market at Oshodi however confirmed that other neighbours within the compound and passers-by have started beating him calling him ‘Kidnapper’ before the arrival of the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force.
The landlady, Mrs. Johnson Esther of same address said she was surprised when the matter was reported to her, claiming that the activities of the suspect looked suspicious as he comes home late and usually jumped the gate to enter the compound most times.