Man Steals Schoolchildren, Exchanges Them For Rice

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a middle-aged man who abducted two children and exchanged them for bags of rice.

The suspect, simply identified as Joshua, was said to have abducted the children, aged 13 and 8, when they were returning from extra-moral class.

He, thereafter, exchanged them for two bags of rice in a shop at 63, Marwa Road, near Chemist Bus Stop.

The owner of the shop, Mrs Silverline said “The suspect told my sales girl that the mother of the children needed Indian rice, but my sales girl told him that what we had was Brazilian rice and that it was good.

“So, he made a phone call to someone he claimed was the mother of the children and at the end said he would like to take the bags of rice to the woman to ascertain if that was the brand she wants.”

Silverline said her salesgirl insisted on following him to collect the money for the bags (N40, 000) should the woman agree to buy them.

She explained further, “The stranger said he would ride on a motorcycle with the bags of rice, while my girl followed with the children on foot.

“On reaching the purported restaurant, the owner said she never saw anyone with bags of rice, neither did she admit knowing the children.

“When we asked the children about him, they said that the abductor was not their father,” the shop owner added.

Speaking on the incident, an eyewitness who identified herself as John Ifeoma said that immediately the abductor left with the bags of rice, a man who claimed to be the biological father of the children arrived, alleging that his children could have been hypnotized by the abductor.

Ifeoma added that the man, who claimed to be the biological father of the children, then contacted policemen from Satellite Division, who took everyone involved to the station. The children were, then, released to their parents.

The suspect is presently in police custody and the case is undergoing investigations.

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