The Joint Security Team comprising police, army, and civil defence corps on Thursday arrested a woman identified as Mrs Tawa Kazeem, for an alleged attempt to kidnap three schoolchildren in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, who said that the security team also rescued the three children allegedly from the woman, reiterated the call of the Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, on Ekiti people to “promptly report any strange and suspicious person found in their environs to the nearest police station”.
Abutu, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday, titled, ‘Ekiti police arrest suspected woman abductor,’ said, “On Thursday, about 2.20pm, some residents around INEC Office, Bank Road, Ado-Ekiti raised an alarm that a strange woman, one Mrs Tawa Kazeem, attempted to abduct three school children along Bank Road, Ado-Ekiti.
“Upon the receipt of the information from a good samaritan, a team of joint patrol, comprising the police, army and other security agencies put in place by the Ekiti State Governor was dispatched to the scene immediately. The team was able to rescue the children and apprehend the suspect.
“The children narrated that the woman pleaded with them to help her carry her bag containing some items to an unknown destination. The children said that they refused initially, but after a few moments of conversing with the woman, they became unconscious and started following the woman with her bag.
“It took the quick intervention of some mechanics around who noticed their suspicious movement to stop them. When asked about the children, she claimed that the children belonged to her. But the scenario changed immediately when the children countered her that she was not their mother.
“During interrogation by the personnel of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the woman could not satisfactorily state her mission and reason for trying to lead the school children to an unknown destination,” he said.
Abutu, who said that the suspect would be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.