- A four-year-old girl abducted in Lagos has been found in Benin
- The girl was reportedly found in an orphanage on Friday, August 24
- Her father who confirmed the development said he will be going to Benin on Saturday, August 25 (today), to pick her
Family members of the missing four-year-old girl, Elo Ogidi, were overjoyed on Friday, August 24, after she was reportedly found in an orphanage in Benin, Edo state.
Elo was reportedly stolen from the Christ Embassy in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos state, during a church service she attended in company with her parents and their housemaid on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
The Punch reports that Elo’s father, Okpogene Ogidi, who confirmed the development on Friday, August 24, said some suspects were also arrested.
NAIJ.com gathered that the girl was with the maid during the church’s children thanksgiving service when she suddenly disappeared.
It was reported that the maid had gone to get Elo and her two siblings some slices of cake shared at the Thanksgiving but did not meet the girl on her seat when she returned.
A child, who also attended the programme, claimed to have seen a woman taking Elo away.
The case was reported at the Alausa police station and was later transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
Our correspondent gathered that the girl was traced to Benin by the police on Friday, August 24, while some suspects were arrested in connection with her abduction.
Her father, Okpogene, said he had yet to be fully briefed on how she got to Benin.
He said: “She was found in Benin. We are going to pick her at the Edo state police command on Saturday, August 25 (today). She was found in an orphanage. After it was reported in the media, somebody identified her and informed me.
“The police were alerted and she was found at the orphanage this evening (Friday). We are very excited. I don’t have more details for now. I will get back to you.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that some fraudsters allegedly posed as kidnappers who abducted the missing four-year-old girl in a bid to swindle the victim’s parents.
In order 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 had been calling them claiming to be the kidnappers and making demands for ransom.
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