- The Lagos state commissioner of police, Edgar Imohimi, says two suspected child kidnappers have been engaged in a number of child kidnapping before luck ran out on them
- Both suspects deny the police allegations against them
- Over 75 members of Omeiji cult, including their leader, have been arrested by the Lagos state police task force
A 57-year-old herbalist, Tunde Ajibolorunsoro, allegedly renowned for child kidnapping, has been arrested by the Lagos state police command in connection with the abduction of a five-year-old girl.
The Punch reports that the suspect who is also known by his alias, Professor, was alleged to have sold the young girl, named Aishat Muyideen, to his neighbour, Tajudeen Makanjuola, who is also a herbalist, for N60,000.
Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, the state commissioner of police, Edgar Imohimi, said the command began investigating the case after father to the girl, Yekini Muyideen, told the police at the Meiran division that his daughter Aishat, went missing on Wednesday, September 25, 2017.
The police boss said based on a lead, law enforcement officers arrested professor who in turn, led the police to his accomplice, Makanjuola.
The police commissioner said both suspects had engaged in a number of child kidnapping before luck ran out on them.
He said: “The suspects specialise in kidnapping and selling children. After the father of the girl reported the case, investigation commenced. Investigation revealed that Ajibolorunsoro, aka professor, sold Aishat to one Makanjuola, aka Oluwo.”
However, both suspects have denied the allegations against them.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, October 2, Professor said he was tortured by the police to confess to the crime.
He said: "I am a native doctor. On Wednesday, I was sitting outside my house in the evening when I saw some people, who said they were searching for a missing child. Around 11pm when I retired to bed, some people shone torches on my house. I came out and asked them what happened. They said they were looking for a child.
“I advised them to report at the Meiran Police Station and they said they had done so. A few minutes after, I saw the torchlight again and came out.”
He said his house was ransacked the following morning by a crowd but that the girl was not found in his home.
“The police later arrested me. They tortured me to the extent that I didn’t know when I confessed that I stole the child and sold her to Oluwo,” he said.
His alleged accomplice, Oluwo, also denied knowing about the disappearance of the girl.
He said: “This man (professor) had said he was tortured to confess and that was why he mentioned me. If I know anything about this matter, I should die mysteriously. I am an herbalist in Meiran. I only know professor as a neighbour.”
Meanwhile, over 75 members of Omeiji cult, including their leader, have been arrested by the Lagos state police task force.
The cultists are alleged to be terrorising people in Ipaja and Oshodi areas of the state.
The alleged cult leader, Franklin, has been on the wanted list of the police for crimes ranging from robbery to bag snatching and dealing on Indian hemp.
The chairman of the task force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the commissioner of police (CP), Edgal Imohimi, directed him and divisional police officers (DPOs) to raid all criminal hideouts/black-spots across the state.
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