Hawker nabbed by the police for abducting toddler

The toddler isn’t his.

A trader, Ufuoma Adavwetvwe was caught with a 20-month-old baby, Ifeanyi Okwedi and has been brought before the court in Apapa.

According to reports by Punch, Okwedi was said to be playing in a compound in the Ajegunle area of Lagos when the 35-year old hawker abducted him.

Apparently, Adavwetvwe had beckoned on the toddler, but he reportedly declined and was scurrying to meet his parents, who were said to be inside the house, when the trader accosted him.

The Delta-born suspect, who is also a mechanic, had almost escaped with Okwedi when a resident of the area, who reportedly knew the toddler and his parents, challenged him.

The plot got thicker when Adavwetvwe identified himself as Okwedi’s father to the resident. But the resident sensed foul play and alerted other neighbors.

And just as expected, an angry mob, after rescuing the child, descended on the suspect, beating him up and was about to be lynched when cops from the Ajegunle Police Station intervened.

He reportedly told the police that he had wanted to sell the baby to one Wale in the Marina area of the state.

He said, “I am a trader. I live on Agbeino Street, Olodi-Apapa. The boy did not answer me when I waved to him. I chased and carried him while he was trying to run inside. I was going to sell the baby Wale in Marina.”

Okwedi’s father, James, said a youth barged into his room to notify him of the incident.

He said, “After feeding my son on the fateful day, I left him outside to play with other children. Her mother was cooking in the kitchen. Suddenly, a man rushed in and told me that he saw my child with a stranger. I did not believe until I got to the street and saw a crowd around the suspect and my child.”



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