Two suspects are being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Lagos State Command over the abduction of two school children.
The two yet-to-be-identified suspects were arrested on Monday at the Jibowu area of Lagos with the children, already dead and stuffed inside a sack.
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It was learnt that the children were allegedly abducted by the suspects while they were on their way home from school.
A senior police officer at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, who does not want his name mentioned, said the two children had died before help could come their way.
The officer said the policemen who were on stop-and-search duty at Jibowu, flagged down a vehicle with two occupants.
He said the policemen demanded valid documents of the vehicle but that while they were being questioned by the officers, the suspects became troubled, fuelling the suspicion that something must be wrong.
“The suspects offered the policemen an undisclosed amount as bribe to let them go but the officers insisted on searching the vehicle. They discovered a sack inside the booth of the car. When it was opened, they found the two children inside with their hands and legs tired. Their mouths gagged.
“One of the suspects attempted to bolt away but he was arrested. Both the driver of the vehicle and the second occupant and the dead children were taken to SCID,” the source said.
A policeman at the Homicide unit of SCID told our correspondent in confidence that the parents of the two children had been contacted and that they were at SCID on Monday to identify the children.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said he has not been briefed on the incident.