Man exchanges 10-Year Old boy for three bags of rice

An unidentified mid­dle-aged man ab­ducted a 10-year-old boy, who was on an errand for his mother, and ex­changed him for three bags of rice in Ijegun area of La­gos.
The suspect, now on the run, reportedly accosted the victim (names withheld), weekend, at Prince Bus Stop, Isheri Oshun, while on the errand for his mother.
He was said to have in­troduced himself to the unsuspecting boy as a rela­tive. In an apparent move to convince the boy, the stranger, followed him to the shop where he was sent to buy a bottle of groundnut oil and thereafter, took him to a shop where he collected three bags of rice.

He convinced the sales­girl, identified simply as Deborah, that he was go­ing to get the money, while his brother remained with her. However, that was not to be as the salesgirl waited endlessly without seeing the stranger or the money for the bags of rice, which totaled N48,000.

Speaking with newsmen, the salesgirl said: “When the man came to the shop with the boy, he asked how much was a bag of rice. I told him it was N16,000 and he left with the boy, saying he was going to tell the woman that sent them.

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