The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ilorin on Monday arrested a 17-year-old boy for alleged kidnap and attempted rape.
The spokesman of the NSCDC command, Alhaji Kadri Ibrahim, told newsmen in Ilorin that the suspect was arrested at about 9:30 am at Oke Apomu, Ilorin West Local Government by some officers of the corps.
The suspect, he said, claimed he abducted the girl to have carnal knowledge of her and not sell her for ritual.
Ibrahim, who said the suspect would be handed over to the police for prosecution, enjoined residents to take good care of their children and wards.
He, however, appealed to residents to avoid taking the laws into their hands and continue to cooperate with security agents.
The suspect, who was paraded, said that he was an apprentice barber at Oke-Apomu area of Ilorin.
He said he was returning from a religious programme when he saw three girls playing on the street.
The suspect said he abducted one of the girls with a view to having carnal knowledge of her before he was caught and beaten by some residents.
He said the timely intervention of the security men saved him from being beaten to death.
The mother of the abducted girl, Mrs Fatima Ibrahim, also said that she was taking her bath when some children ran in to report the abduction.
She said neighbours joined her in the search for her daughter, leading to the arrest of the suspect.