By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
A 27 years old woman, Mariam Ayila has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for kidnapping a 13 years old girl, Sofiat Yusau.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, a statement in Abeokuta on Wednesday, said the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Agbara Divisional Headquarters by one Ismail Yusau that his daughter was missing.
Yusau, according to Oyeyemi, reported that he sent his daughter on errand to Agbara market at about 11am of the day, only to receive a strange call some hours later from an unknown person, who informed him that his daughter had been kidnapped, and that if he didn’t send the sum of N250,000 as ransom, he will never set his eyes on the girl again.
“Upon the report, the DPO Agbara Division, CSP Abiodun Salau, mobilized his crack detectives, who embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation.
Their efforts yielded positive result when the suspect was traced to her hideout at Atan-Ota area, where she was promptly arrested and the little girl was rescued unhurt.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had earlier kidnapped a young girl at Itele Ota area on the 19th of December 2022, and ransom was paid to her before she released her victim.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspect be handed over to the Anti-kidnapping unit of the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution,” Oyeyemi said.