Some fraudsters allegedly posed as kidnappers who abducted the missing four-year-old girl, Elo Ogidi, from Christ Embassy Church in a bid to swindle the victim’s parents.
In a bid to get help from the public, Elo's parents announced that their daughter was kidnapped while they were in church.
The parents, however, lamented that several people have been calling them claiming to be the kidnappers and making demands for ransom, The Punch reports.
The little girl’s father said: “Several people have been calling us, demanding ransom but they are fraudsters that picked our numbers from the flyers around. We believe that these fraudsters are from the same place using different numbers.
“One of them called and demanded N2.5m, telling me that if I did not provide the money within 24 hours, he would kill my daughter. He later called me back that day demanding N500,000 to feed my baby. When I got home, I didn’t call him back because I know a kidnapper will not ask for feeding upkeep.
“He called me the second day and told me that I did not want to comply and I told him I would comply, adding that I would give him more than the amount he asked for if only he could allow me to hear my daughter’s voice.
“But he could not provide my daughter; he was just repeating the same statement of me not complying. With the trauma I was going through, I told him I know his location and I will get him arrested, so he stopped calling”
The distraught father added that another set of fraudsters called seeking N18million from his sister claiming that their daughter is with them.
He said: “Another gang called my sister to demand N18m and she told them that she wanted to hear her daughter’s voice, the fraudsters gave the phone to an adult to mimic baby’s voice.”
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that the disappearance of Elo Ogidi during a church service at the headquarters of the Christ Embassy in Oregun, Lagos left family members in distress.
Elo was with a maid during the church’s children thanksgiving service on Sunday, July 8, when she went missing.
Solo Cosmos, who was described as a personal assistant to Elo's father said efforts to find her had been abortive, adding that the police had yet to have a clue on the whereabouts of the pupil.
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