A man and his wife have been arrested by men of the Nasarawa State Police Command for allegedly stealing their neighbour’s two-year-old son.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest while briefing the press on Thursday in Lafia.
Nansel said that the father of the victim, Adamu Abdullahi of Orange Market, Mararaba, Karu Local Government Area, reported to the Police on Aug. 13 at about 3:30 pm, that his two-year-old son had been missing for almost two weeks.
He said the complainant also told the police that he had received a phone call on the same day from an unknown person demanding a ransom of N2 million.
The spokesman said police detectives were immediately deployed in search of the missing child, and their efforts led to the arrest of the prime suspect and three accomplices.
According to him, the prime suspect, who is a neighbour to the victim’s father, confessed, upon interrogation, to have conspired with the other suspects, all of Orange Market, to steal the child.
He added that the suspect also revealed to the detectives that he handed the child over to his wife, who took him to Katsina State.
Nansel said the police trailed the suspect’s wife to Katsina State, arrested her, and recovered the child, who has been reunited with his parents.
The spokesman also said that the command had arrested 14 suspects between July and August for various offences, including kidnapping, armed robbery, and cultism.
He also said that the police recovered three guns and 11 rounds of live ammunition from some of the suspects. Nansel added that all the suspects would be charged in court once upon conclusion of investigation.