4-year-old Abu Yusuf could have been gone for life if not for the vigilant traders at the Otun Market.

The time was about 10 am on Sunday, January 6 when they noticed a man moving around the market square in a suspicious manner, holding a little boy in his hand.

They quickly alerted policemen at the Okokomaiko Division, who moved swiftly to the location and arrested the suspect who gave his name as Sikiru Tanimowo. 

The little boy also gave his name as Abu Yusuf, but all seemed not right, and they probed further.

The suspect later led detectives to the location where he picked the child, and the police were able to locate his parents who said that they had been looking for the child.

They confirmed that they had never met the suspect before.

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday confirmed the arrest of the 37-year-old man.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, who confirmed the arrest said that the case was under investigation, while the child had been reunited with his parents.

Meanwhile, four suspects including a fake soldier were also arrested by the command’s Anti-Cultism Unit during a routine patrol with a pump action rifle concealed in a Toyota Camry car.

The CP said that investigation revealed that the suspects were members of a kidnapping syndicate that had been terrorising residents of Ikorodu axis of the state.

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