While many trooped to church for Good Friday celebration, two suspected child thieves invaded a church in Ijeja area of Abeokuta to steal children.
They invaded a Celestial Church of Christ, CCC, in Ijeja area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, but the vigilant congregants foiled their mission.
The two children, aged two and three, were in the children session enjoying the service while their parents joined the elderly in their session of the church, however, these kidnappers invaded their midst and were making away with the children before a divine intervention.
A statement from the Ogun State Police Command stated that they had successfully picked two of the children, and were on their way out when one of the congregants noticed the awful development and raised an alarm that attracted other members of the church.
Members of the church trooped out and chased them but succeeded in arresting only one of them identified as 35-year-old Sakiru Famuyiwa.
The police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Saturday, confirmed Famuyiwa’s arrest in connection with the alleged crime.
According to him, the suspect and his fleeing accomplice sneaked into the children department of the church and took away the two minors, whose ages are between two and three years.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by policemen at Ibara Divisional Police Headquarters, adding that the children were rescued.
He said, “On their way out with the stolen children, a vigilant member of the church sighted them and raised alarm, consequence upon which the congregants pursued them and apprehended one of them.”
Oyeyemi said following the distress call, the DPO Ibara division, CSP Nasirudeen Oyedele, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene where the suspect was rescued from angry mob who were about to lynch him.
He said Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added the CP also ordered that the accomplice must be tracked down and brought to book.