Friday, 22 July 2016


A middle-aged man has been arrested Friday morning while attempting to kidnap a twins and one other in Oke Aregba area of Abeokuta in Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun state.

The man who was being held at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Adatan reportedly committed the act at about 9.00am at a house opposite Yakoyo building in the area.

He was caught after he attempted to run away.

An eye-witness account, who was the mother of the third child told our correspondent that she was spreading washed clothes when the incident occurred.

According to her, “the twins and my baby (all between One and half years) were playing outside and when I finished spreading the clothes I wanted to go inside the house, when I spotted the man approaching them.

“Our eyes met and he made eye contact with me, giving me sign to keep mum. Apparently he did not know that my baby was among them. I shouted back asking why are you passing eye-sign contact. He was still doing it and I shouted. Ole! Ole! Gbomo, Gbomo! ( thief! Thief! Child kidnapper, child kidnapper!)

“He took to his heels and I was joined by Iya Ibeji (Twins mother) to shout. He was caught by residents and upon queries, he first said he was a mad person and later said he was an herbalist. Again, he said he was coming from Fadage (Elega area) in Abeokuta North and going to Oke Ejigbo which are not at all part of this our route in this area.

“When his bag was searched, they found spiritual perfume, black thread and a large size clothing material. The community leaders contacted the Police and he was arrested and brought here,” the eye-witness narrated.

At Adatan police station, sympathizers mostly traders from Adatan market (where the mother of the twins sells palm oil) were seen in solidarity. Efforts to get the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) failed as he was reported to have gone to Police headquarters at Eleweran.

A woman Police officer was spotted with the victim and others going out of the station at about 12.15pm.

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