Vigilante Group Arrests Man Over Attempt To Kidnap Three Minors Bayelsa.
The Bayelsa State Vigilante Service has been vindicated in the arrest of a 46-year-old man on suspicion of luring three kids for ritual purposes on Monday evening.
The boys and girls rescued by the State Vigilante Service are between the ages of 11 and 12.
He said he was inebriated and didn’t know what he was doing when he was arrested at the State Police Command. His statement almost fooled the cops into letting him go.
In a dramatic twist, a female witness gave information about the suspect’s criminal actions after seeing the State Vigilante’s FB post about the incident.
It will be recalled that the State Vigilante Service arrested Ebere Nwosu, 49, a suspected ritualist, for allegedly attempting to attract three kids along the prominent Tombia-Etegwe axis of the state capital,Yenagoa.
The culprit was detained following close monitoring of his “unholy” relationship with children selling sachets of water generally known as pure water, according to State Vigilante agents.
According to reports, vigilante service operatives stationed at the Tombia roundabout noticed the suspect interacting with children about 5 p.m. Rejoice Efe, 11 years old, and Success Obaru, 12 years old, both from Delta State, were talking and making phone calls to an unknown individual.
After an hour, one of the operatives approached the suspect to inquire about the problem and why he was interfering with the kids’ hawking efforts. He stomped his feet. He was captured after being pursued.
The suspect was being observed by the men of the vigilante group stationed at the Tombia-etegwe roundabout area, according to the chairman of the State Vigilante Service, Hon. Doubiye Alagba, who verified the occurrence.
According to Hon. Doubiye, “Our men observed how the suspect had kept the three minors busy for several minutes and wondered what he was upto, it was at the point of his several calls and serious discussion with the three minors that we quickly asked one of our men to approach him.
“When he was approached by our member, he immediately took to his heels and was caught after a hot chase.”
One of the minors, Rejoice Efe, 11yrs, told newsmen that, ” we were hawking along the road only for this uncle to call us to buy water from us. We ran towards him and opened our bucket waiting for him to buy the pure water, he started making utterances first to my sister and asked me to wait.
“Before then, he started making several calls, we became scared and insisted that if he was not buying the water again, we should take our leave.
“He kept telling us to wait and was telling I and my sisters that he like us and will take care of us and how would he see us later. We became scared and it was at that point that, one uncle came and asked him what he was telling us and he immediately started running and they caught him.”
Ebere Nwosu, the suspect, who has been handed up to the Nigeria Police Force’s Bayelsa Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit for further investigation, denied being a suspected ritualist or intending to hurt the children.
He said he was inebriated and had no idea what he was doing when he interacted with the youngsters.
When contacted about the development, Asinim Butswat, a spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command, verified the news and said the police had begun a thorough investigation.