Police have confirmed the arrest of four middle-aged persons, including three women, for attempting to abduct a 10-year-old girl.
The police spokesman in Lagos, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Twitter on Friday.
Mr Hundeyin said the divisional police officer in charge of Ketu in the Kosofe local government area of Lagos received a report about the attempted abduction on Wednesday at about 3:00 p.m.
He said the report revealed that three women between 45 and 64 years, and a 61-year-old man, who claimed to be an estate agent, were suspected of being child abductors.
“The reporter (sic) said that the four suspects accosted her 10 years old daughter along Ikosi Road Ketu. “She said the suspects allegedly dispossessed her daughter of her valuables and attempted to abduct and take her to an unknown destination,” stated the police officer.
He added, “In the process, an angry mob who sensed their criminal act challenged and beat them thoroughly.”
According to the police officer, based on the report, a team of policemen was mobilised to the scene and rescued the victim.
Mr Hundeyin said the suspects were taken into protective custody and that an investigation into the matter had been initiated and was progressing.