The police in Lagos State have started investigation into the abduction of two sisters – Jumia and Ayomide Badmos.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the six-year-old Jumia and Ayomide (four) were abducted on Tuesday on Olorunfemi Street, in the Igando area of the state.
They were reportedly returning from a summer school when the incident happened.
It was learnt that the mother of the kids, who lost her husband about three years ago, was putting up with a friend on Olorunfemi Street.
Our correspondents learnt that the matter was reported at the Igando Police Division.
When PUNCH Metro visited the area on Wednesday, he observed residents discussing the incident in groups.
A neighbour, who did not want her name in print, said the victims were returning from the summer school when they stopped by at a junction near their mother’s shop to play.
She said, “The incident happened around 1pm on Tuesday. The girls usually closed from the summer school by 12pm. Pupils from the summer school always walk in groups. I was told that Ayo, the younger sister, on their way back home stopped at a junction close to their mother’s shop.
“She picked up something on the ground and she was playing with it. Other children passed by and when those ones got to their mother, she asked them where her girls were. They told her they left them at a junction. But when she got to the junction, she could not find them.”
Another resident, who gave his name only as Francis, said the police arrested a barber on the suspicion that he was seen with the girls.
He said, “Jumia and Ayo are popular kids on the street. Their mother lives with a friend and sells boiled corn. After the incident, someone hinted the police that he saw the barber carrying one of the girls and holding the other at the same time. The barber does not live in our area. He only shares a shop with someone on the street.”
A police source told one of our correspondents that three persons had been declared missing at different times in the area this year.
He said, “Last week, a woman came to the station to report that she had been looking for her child for the past three months. Abduction is becoming worrisome in the area and about three persons have been declared missing since the year began.
“The barber has an antecedent. Last year, he was accused of abducting a secondary school pupil and that case is still ongoing. That pupil identified him as the one who attempted to abduct him.”
When PUNCH Metro spoke with the victims’ mother on the telephone, she declined comment.
She said, “I am in a meeting with some family members now. We cannot discuss. I do not want any publicity.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that three suspects had been arrested.
She said, “It is a case of abduction. The barber cunningly took the skids away under the guise of buying them biscuits.
“Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the case. We have a clue we are working on.”
She later sent a text message by 7.30pm on Wednesday that the girls had been rescued by the police.
“We have rescued the girls,” she wrote.