Barbecued meat, popularly called Suya, is loved by many residents of Lagos State, but an incident that occurred in Ebute Meta area of the state will give one a reason to pray the Suya he/she buys is not human meat.

A man who sells Suya has been arrested over attempt to murder a four-year-old child.

Alliu Abdullai, 35, was said to have abducted the four-year-old in an open field at White sand, Ebute Meta area of Lagos State.

He later took her to a secluded area where he had attempted to slaughter her with a knife.

However, a passerby who saw Abdullahi raised alarm which attracted people and the suspect was apprehended. In an attempt to resist being caught, the suspect was said to have stabbed one person.

Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told reporters that Good Samaritans succeeded in rescuing the victim from the grip of the suspect.

While parading Abdullahi on Wednesday at the Command’s headquarters, Owoseni said one of the Good Samaritans in an attempt to disarm the suspect sustained minor injury on his hand.

He said: “The suspect was subsequently handed over to the Police at Denton Police Station, Oyingbo.

“Police investigation revealed that the suspect had abducted the little girl from where she was playing with her friends with the sole intention of slaughtering her. It is a clear case of kidnap and attempted murder."

It is however not clear if he wanted to use her for Suya or not.