The fruit seller, identified simply as Umar, was caught with the sack containing the child he allegedly abducted on Ayodele Awodeyi Street in Mile 12.

The boy, Isiaq Ismail, was said to be playing with his peers in front of his parents’ residence when Umar, who sold cucumbers, held him by the hand under the pretext of joining the fun.

It was learnt that other children ran inside the house and informed Isiaq’s parents that he was with a man outside.

It was gathered that the mother rushed out only to see Umar fleeing with something in the sack he was carrying. There was no sign of Isiaq.

The mother was said to have raised the alarm and the suspect was rounded up by her neighbours.

Isiaq’s father, Abdulrahman Ismail said he was sleeping around 3pm on Monday when noises from outside woke him up.

“On getting outside, I saw my wife in a crowd with a man (Umar) who was being beaten. She told me the man was taking away Isiaq in a sack and she called for help. The man didn’t tell us why he abducted my son. We invited the Mile 12 Market security men to rescue him from the mob,” he added.

The Chief Security Officer of the market, Imrana Ibrahim, said it took combined efforts of his men and some soldiers to rescue Umar adding that he had been handed over to the police.

“She found the child in the sack carried by the suspect. Security men rushed to the scene upon a distress call and met a mob about to lynch the man. They intervened to rescue him, but the mob resisted. I had to seek the assistance of soldiers to rescue him".

 The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect would be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja.