Odugbesan Ayodele Samson, a 29-year-old teacher, told police that it was the devil who pushed him to abduct an eight-year – old pupil in Ogun State.
The teacher, 9jatalks, reported that on November 4, 2020, men from the Ogun State Police Command arrested a teacher for abducting his former student, who was known by the police as Rasaq Akeeb.
On Wednesday, Ogun police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi told 9jatalks that the teacher was arrested following a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother, Fatimat Akeeb, at Ajuwon divisional police headquarters.
The mother recorded that her son went to school in the Akute area of Arifanla in the Ogun, but did not return home until around 6:00 p.m. that day.
She was claimed to have told the police that if she wanted to see her son alive, she got a phone call from an unknown person asking her to be ready to pay the amount of N200,000.
“She stated further that the caller told her that the boy was brought to him by somebody and he will not release him until the said amount is paid,” it was learnt.
Upon the report, the DPO of Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, had immediately directed his detectives to embark on a technical and intelligence based investigation, which Oyeyemi said led to the discovery of the suspect’s hideout.
“In order not to harm the victim, the suspect was lured out with part payment of his demanded ransom; he was subsequently apprehended and he took the police detectives to where he kept the victim and he was rescued unhurt.
“On interrogation, he confessed committing the crime but blamed it on the devil,” the PPRO stated.
The Ogun Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered, therefore, that the case be transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the state CIID for further investigation and prosecution.
Ajogun appealed to parents to be mindful of their children’s movement to and from school in order not to make them an easy prey to those he described as wolves in sheep’s clothing.