Police confirm courier did not kidnap baby
The Lagos State Police Command, in a statement issued Monday, March 14, confirmed that the harassed dispatch rider accused of kidnapping a baby was indeed innocent.
The newly released statement backs up the revelation made by the mother of the 10-month-old baby.
Ripples Nigerian earlier reported that the child’s mother, Lovina Bitrus, posted a video on social media exculpating the beleaguered dispatch rider who she revealed was her baby’s uncle.
State Police PRO, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu says in his statement: “On March 11, 2022, a video of a dispatch rider accused of concealing a suspected stolen child in a mailbox went viral on social networks. social, causing apprehension.
“Although the incident was not reported to any police station, the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, fdc, mnim, psc, ordered that the incident be investigated immediately.
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“In accordance with the directive, an investigation was opened which led to the discovery of the scene. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the child had not been stolen after all and was not kept in the mailbox as claimed by the mob.
“The child’s mother, Lovina Biturs, has been contacted. It was then revealed that the child had in fact been taken and put on the expedition motorcycle by the rider with the consent of his mother.
“According to the mum, the 10 month old baby is fond of the rider who is a relative, a neighbor and cried uncontrollably when he (rider) wanted to go get something in the neighborhood. To calm the baby, his mother allowed him to accompany the rider.
“Passersby who saw the child with the rider along the Sangotedo area, Ajah on the said day, became suspicious and concluded that the child may have been stolen, triggered the alarm which drew a mob.The mob then jumped on the horseman, beating him without discovering the truth.
“The dispatch rider, later identified as Williams Tadule, was reportedly rescued by Sunview Estate Chairman Sangotedo.
“The Commissioner of Police therefore cautions members of the public against any form of jungle justice, as such uncivilized action has serious consequences.”
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