Family demands prosecution of their son's kidnapper

The family of one-year-old Joshua, who was abducted in the Ilasamaja area of Lagos State, has urged the police to prosecute the alleged kidnapper.

According to Punch Metro, Joshua was allegedly kidnapped by one Sodiq, alias Brain, on October 9 around 10am at his grandmother’s shop on Temitope Street in Ilasamaja.

It was gathered that Sodiq, who was lurking around while Joshua’s mother was talking with her friend, allegedly abducted the boy and took to his heels.

Punch gathered that Joshua was rescued by his grandmother’s landlord, Adedotun Toguwa, who recognised him while he was being taken away by the suspect.
Punch correspondent learnt that Sodiq dropped Joshua when the landlord caught him, took to his heel and was caught around the Apata Hostel gate area of Okota.

The suspect was subsequently taken to the Ilasamaja Police Station.

Joshua’s mother, Iyabo Akpoli, told our correspondent that the suspect was an ex-convict and urged the police to prosecute him accordingly.

The landlord, Toguwa, told Punch correspondent that the police confirmed to him that the suspect was well known to them, adding that they said he just came out of prison.

However, when Punch Metro contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, he stated that there was no record of Sodiq at the Ilasamaja Police Station.

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