Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have rescued a two-year-old girl, Esther Ojo, who was kidnapped during a Sunday service at a Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries church at Pen Cinema, in the Agege area of the state.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Esther went missing when she went to use the toilet during the church service.
Efforts by her mother, Bola, relatives and friends to locate her proved abortive.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Monday, said the suspected kidnappers, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Egwim, had demanded a ransom from the victim’s parents and the church.
He added that operatives of the command, while acting on intelligence traced them to their hideouts, where they were rounded up.
The police spokesman stated that Esther had been reunited with her parents.
Elkana said, “On Monday, May 6, 2019, around 8am, the Divisional Police Officer, Igando Police Station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, while acting on credible intelligence, led plain-clothes surveillance men on the trail of suspected kidnappers, who abducted two-year-old Esther Ojo from the MFM regional headquarters, Agege, on Sunday, March 24, 2019, around 12.30pm.
“The kidnappers, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Egwim, had demanded ransom of an undisclosed amount from the parents of the child and the church. The kidnappers continued to change the location for the collection of the ransom within Igando area for over four hours until they were arrested by the police.
“The child was recovered from a den and reunited with the parents, Mr and Mrs Ojo, as they cried for joy.”
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, to charge the suspects to court.