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Kidnapper who abducted toddler from MFM church in Lagos arrested on arrival to collect ransom

Men of the Lagos state police command have rescued a two-year-old child, Esther Ojo, abducted from the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM) regional headquarters in Agege in March.

Two-year-old Esther Ojo was earlier declred missing after she disappeared while attending Sunday’s service at a Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries’ church at the Pen Cinema, Agege area in Lagos state with her parents. Esther had gone to the toilet to ease herself when she went missing.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkanah, says the police had in the last two months been on the trail of the abductors of the little girl. The abductors, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Osunwoke Egwim, were apprehended today Monday May 6th while waiting to collect the ransom demanded from her parents at the location they asked them to bring the money to.

Bala while speaking on the rescue operation, said

“The Commissioner of Police has commended the DPO Igando and his team for reining in on the gang. This operation to arrest the suspects today lasted over four hours. The police acted on credible intelligence and led plain cloth surveillance men on the trail of the suspected kidnappers.

“The kidnappers already demanded ransom of undisclosed amount from the parents of the baby and the church. They continued to change the venue for the collection of ransom within Igando axis for over four hours until they were rounded up by the police.

“This is in furtherance of the commitment of the Lagos State Police Command to ensure a crime free Lagos that will be safe for all,” he said.

Mr Ojo who could not hold back tears, said the rescue of his daughter has restored his faith in the Nigerian police.

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