Lagos - The economic recession in the country may have forced an unidentified middle-aged man to exchanged two siblings for bags of rice in Lagos,
The suspect according to Vanguard abducted the children, aged eight and thirteen, while they were returning from holiday lesson in Satellite area of Lagos.
The suspect went ahead to exchange them for two bags of rice in a shop at 63, Marwa Road, near Chemist Bus Stop.
The total cost for the the two bags was N40 000.
The man told the sales girl at the shop that he would like to take two bags of rice to the mother of the children, whom he claimed owned a restaurant close-by, to ascertain whether the rice was the brand she needed.
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The sales girl, however insisted on following the suspect to collect the money for the bags should the woman agree to buy them.
The suspect told to the sales girl to walk with the children on foot to the restaurant whie he takes a bike with the two bags of rice.
On getting to the restaurant, the owner said she never saw any one with bags of rice, neither did she know the children.
When asked about their relationship with the suspect, the children said he was not their father.
The owner of the shop insisted on holding on to the children until her money is paid.
A man who claimed to be the biological father of the children later arrived the scene, alleging that his children could have been hypnotised by the abductor.
The case was reported to the police and the children were released to their parents
- News 24