An alleged kidnapper, Nwabueze Nicholas Lucky has been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for abducting a two-year-old Somtochkwu Olewu.
According to Daily Post, the little boy was abducted at the residence of his parents at Zone 4 World Bank Area, in Owerri.
The state command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Enwerem who confirmed the arrest, said it was carried out by the operatives of the Anti-kidnapping squad of the command following a tip-off.
The PPRO said, “Following a tip-off, the operatives of anti-kidnapping unit of the Command moved into action. That movement produced a positive report, hence the suspect, Lucky Nwabueze, who has confessed to the crime was arrested while the poor boy, Somtochukwu was rescued.
“The suspect has been helping the police with useful information,” Enwerem noted.
Nwabueze Lucky, in his confessional statement, said that he indulged in the ‘evil act’ not for ritual purposes but to get money from the father of his victim who lives in China.
According to him, “I was going to that Zone 4 in the World Bank Area in search of job. Whenever, I felt like eating something, I would go to the boy’s mother shop. Fortunately, on that day, October 27, 2015, the mother of the boy was inside the shop and the boy was coming out of their compound alone.
“When I did not see anybody, I took the boy away and joined the next commercial tricycle (keke) to the park, where I boarded a bus to Mbaise,” he stated.
Continuing, Lucky said, “I kept the boy in my custody for two days and called his mother, whose number I had before.
“A day after I abducted the boy, I received an alert of N500, 000 in my account. Hoping to release him immediately I cash the money, I went to my bank with my ATM card.
“I collected N120, 000 first. After that day, the ATM failed to pay. I went inside the bank to ask why. It was then I was arrested by the police,” Lucky added.
Mrs. Olewu Ifeoma, mother of the victim who identified herself as an undergraduate, said that as her only child for now she felt that her world had crashed for the two days her son was in captivity.
She said the suspect usually comes to her shop to patronise her but that she never knew he had an evil plan.
Stressing the law must take its course, she said, “I am very grateful to the police. I must sincerely thank the Imo State Commissioner of Police and his men, who rescued my boy,” Ifeoma said, adding that they have wiped away her tears.
“In all, may God Almighty be glorified and may the Lord reward them abundantly,” she added.