The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) yesterday arrested two suspected kidnappers who attempted to abduct a minor. The incident occurred at 90, Oyewole Road, Orile Agege, around 9am.

It was gathered that the suspects, Muritala Lado and one Bassey, lured their two-year-old victim, Darasimi Tijani, with a N50.

Bassey was said to have disguised as a madman but later opened up that he was sane.

A source said the minor’s guardian, Fathimo Balogun, was distracted by the cries of other kids when the suspects made their move.

According to LNSC, they were sighted by a passer-by who raised the alarm, prompting residents to descend on them.

The suspects

It was learnt that LNSC officials who were driving by, stopped the mob from lynching the suspects.

It was gathered that the suspects confessed to have been into kidnapping of minors, adding that they sold each kid for N10,000.

They allegedly confessed that they used N50 and honey to lure their victims.

Confirming the incident, the agency’s Chairman, Israel Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) said the suspects had been taken to the LNSC’s headquarters in Bolade, Oshodi, for further investigation.

He said: “We rescued the boy. He was taken to our station at Orile Agege with his mother, Wasilat Tijani and the guardian.

“The kidnappers were arrested and moved to the headquarters. The suspects confessed to the crime and investigation is ongoing, ” he added.