Men of the anti-kidnapping Squad of the Ebonyi State Police Command yesterday rescued a five-year-old boy kidnapped on the December 30, 2015 at Okwu-Ngbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, who confirmed the incident, noted that the victim was kidnapped at about 9:45 pm but the police expedited action for the prompt rescue of the child because of the threat that he would be sold out.
She added that with intelligence gathering and collaborative efforts of the family and the community on aggressive search, the victim was rescued yesterday after attempt to collect ransom was foiled.
According to her, “on December 30, the boy and his two other siblings were said to have gone to their father’s provision store. When they reached the shop, their dad had already left the shop to the house to have some rest”.
According the CP; their father forgot his phone in the shop and informed them to come back with the phone while coming back. One of the children was instructed to take the phone home. The child was asked to take the phone to where the dad was relaxing at about 9:45pm but the child diverted to another route which led to his kidnap.
“I visited the family myself with the ACID. By the evening of January 2, with the threat to sell the child so they had to reduce the ransom from N1.5million to N100, 000. And you know, if you pay the ransom and you are not careful, you might also lose the child”.
She explained that the boy after being rescued disclosed that he was taken to a nearby Sunday school church by his abductors where he was fed gari.
Though three persons have been arrested in connection with the crimes, the police boss observed laxity on the child’s guardians who sent the victim on an errand at about 9:45pm on the day he was kidnapped.