By Ahmed Ajikobi
But for providence, two kids of the same parents would have disappeared without trace as they were rescued from an alleged kidnapper in Pakata area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, yesterday.
The siblings Aisha and Monsuru Mumini were running errand for their mother simply identified as Iya Aisha at about 4pm when the incident happened.
The identity of the suspected kidnapper, who is said to be an apprentice vulcaniser could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
The children were said to have been sighted with the suspect two hours after they had been declared missing by their parents.
Speaking to National Pilot, a relative of the victims simply identified as Rasak related the events that led to the alleged kidnap and rescue of the kids aged six and four.
‘’Iya Aisha asked the children to buy indomie noodles next door, which she wanted to cook for them because they were famished. When the kids didn’t show up some minutes after, the mother raised the alarm and a search was carried out which was however futile.
“At about 6pm, information got to us that the kids had been sighted with a strange man in the area. He was holding the kids hands when the grandmother of the kids saw them and raised the alarm which attracted residents of the area and passers-by who accosted him.
“When queried, the (alleged) kidnapper said he was on his way to buy biscuits for the kids and claimed that they were his children. The people then descended on him.
He was later rescued from the angry mob by the police from D Division, Adewole , Ilorin.
It was learnt that the suspect was taken to General Hospital. Ilorin for treatment while father of the kids was said to have been detained by the police.
Efforts to contact the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasnmi on the issue proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to his mobile lines were yet to be responded to at the time of filing this report.