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Uche Omeruwa (left) and Kenneth Alozie PHOTOS: ODITA SUNDAY

Uche Omeruwa (left) and Kenneth Alozie PHOTOS: ODITA SUNDAY

• Police arrest suspected kidnappers of two sisters

A 32-year-old suspected kidnapper has told detectives at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters how he lured two under-aged children with biscuits before he abducted them.

The suspect, identified as Uche Omeruwa, had allegedly connived with a self-acclaimed prophet, Kenneth Alozie, 39, and two others presently at large to kidnap two of their neighbours female children, whose ages were put at four and two.

The prophet is the founder of Hope in God Healing Ministry, located at Oremeji street, Igando. The suspects had allegedly kidnapped the children at Akesan area of Igando on Tuesday afternoon while they were returning from summer lessons.

In his statement, Uche Omeruwa, who owns a barbing salon at Akesan area, some metres to the residence of the victim, said he lured the children with biscuits.

“I know the two children. They reside in my area. I saw them while they were on their way back from lesson on Tuesday at Akesan bus stop. I called them and I told them to come and take biscuits. They followed me to a kiosk by the side of the road, where I bought the biscuits.

“After giving them the biscuits, they followed me into awaiting bus, where we meet a lady known as chairlady. It is the woman who asked me to bring the kids for her.

“From there, we drove to Prophet Kenneth Alozie’s house at Igando. The prophet asked me to come back later, but advised me to take any amount given to me,” he added.

On how he met the prophet and the chairlady, he said, “it was my girlfriend, Chidinma that introduced chairlady to me. My girlfriend was living with me before now but had travelled to the village two months ago. She called me from the village one day that her friend, chairlady will call to introduce a business proposal to me.

“After that day, chairlady called me to say that I should look for some children for them and that they will reward me handsomely. That was how I was introduced into the business of kidnapping,” he said.

On how he was arrested, the suspect claimed that it was a boy who saw me with the kids when we entered the bus at Akesan that informed their parent.

“When the mother of the girls saw me in the evening, she raised the alarm that attracted some people in the area. I was beaten to pulp before the police from Igando rescued me.”

The prophet, however, denied any link with the gang. He alleged that those who come to his church are those who are having problem in their marriages.

The Lagos State police boss, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja yesterday, advised parents to pay more attention to their children, wondering how a mother could abandon her two kids for the sake of eking out a living.

“We are yet to arrest the receiver of the stolen children. The so-called receiver is identified as Mama Chioma aka Chairlady. She is presently being hunted with a view to finding out if there are other kidnapped children in her custody,” he added.


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  • The Realist

    Prophet indeed

  • nana

    ok to digress a bit; Mr police boss as you have been called (whatever that means) how dare you blame only the children’s mother for the kidnap of her children. With you dirty foul mouth you have cast a widely accepted notion that all mothers are responsible for the safety of their children. what about the fathers and the uncles and the aunties and the neighbors? eh!!! So she will not have a life again nor will she go to work. These children were walking back home from extra lesson when they were abducted they were not roaming about aimlessly. OK Mr police boss did your own mother escort you to and from lesson when you were growing up?! Non sense you will just open your dirty mouth and be spewing the foolishness from you dense brain!!!

    A crime was committed here and the only person to blame is this evil man that abducted these children no one else. Children are entitled to walk home from school by themselves if it is within walking distance. and If anything I commend these children’s mother who believed the words of another child and raised an alarm when this evil barber returned.

    I’m done with my ranting now.