A suspected female kidnapper, Mary Vera Henry, has been nabbed in Lagos State with two children aged 10 and two.
The suspect claimed that the two-year-old kid with her was her 20-year-old daughter who has gone missing but diviners told her has only been reduced in size.
Henry said believes the diviners as the two-year-old looked exactly like her missing daughter.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, who paraded the suspect on Wednesday said Henry was arrested same day when at about 10:30am at Little Road, Sabo, Yaba, the Divisional Police Officer, Sabo Division, CSP Mary Ubangha, while on observation patrol of her area spotted her with two little children along Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba.
Ubangha was said to have observed that the middle aged woman looked worried and felt that something is amiss.
Owing to this, the DPO decided to trail her.
However, when the suspect noticed that she was under surveillance, she slipped into Saint Dominic Catholic Church, Yaba.
The DPO followed her up and warned the church security men to keep an eye on the woman and never allow her exit the church without the police ascertaining the identities of the woman, the children and their mission to the church.
The security men obliged and brought the woman and the children before Ubangha.
During interrogation, the woman gave her name as Mary Vera Henry of 6, Akanni Street, Shomolu, Lagos State.
It was discovered that she was not the biological mother of the children who are of different parents.
The names of the children were given as Mukaila Ya’u, a male aged 10; and Mariam Jubril, a two-year-old girl.
Henry claimed that she lost her 20-year-old daughter whom diviners told her had been reduced in size and stature to a two-year-old child and that Jubril looked exactly like her missing 20-year-old daughter.
The woman was arrested and taken to the station for further interrogation.
At the station, the biological parents of the children surfaced and gave their names as Jubril Garba, father of the two-year-old girl; and Mukaila Amidu, father of the 10-year-old boy.
Amidu told the police that he sent his son on errand and as he was going the two-year-old accompanied him, unknown to her parent.
However, along the road, the suspect lured the children away from their course to an unknown destination.
Imohimi said investigation into the case is ongoing and effort is on to arrest the fleeing brother of the suspect, believed to be a co-conspirator of the crime.