By: Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A suspected octogenarian kidnapper, Taiwo Ayinde, was on Wednesday nabbed and beaten to stupor in Ondo City, for allegedly abducting a young pupil in the town at the headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Eighty four years old grandfather was caught by residents of Odosida area of the town in an attempt to escape with the school kid.
WesternPost reliably gathered that the scene of the incident which was close to the palace of the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, the paramount ruler of the ancient town, caused traffic jam.
Ayinde was caught with the little boy of about five years of age, while he was being dragged away from the area at about 11:am penultimate by the old man.
One of the witnesses who spoke under the condition of anonymity revealed that the action of the old man prompted the suspicious residents to raise an alarm over the incident .
The witness said the alleged kidnapper was dragged round by the angry mob to asked for his identity before he was forced to confess to the crime and got beaten.
“The old man was caught, by one of the residents in the area, dragging the little boy to an unknown destination, immediately, an alarm was raised when it became suspicious that the boy does not know the old man ,judging from his behaviour and scuffed between the duo.
“He was nearly lynched but thank God for the quick intervention of the police who came to rescue him from the hands of the angry mob”. the witness said. some officers led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Enu Owa Police Station, DPO Mr. Express Omoigui, were almost lynched by the angry mob in the process.”
Mr. Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state confirmed the incident to journalists in Akure.
Saying, the suspected old man was moved to Akure, at the police headquarters after the incident was reported.
He disclosed that an investigation into the case has started, adding that the suspect has now been kept in custody.
In his words: “The information I was able to gathered from the DPO is that the old man was caught by some residents of the town for attempting to kidnap a little child in the area. And in that process, they bounced on the suspect, by beating him to pulp with even an attempt to lynch him to death.
“We have commenced investigation into the matter and the man has been moved down to our office here in Akure. Although his families, the suspected kidnapper have also come forward to say he (suspect) is a mentally challenged person.
“But, we have asked them to go and bring related documents showing truly that he is sick,” He noted .