A 60-year-old cleric, Mr. Sunday Ulion, has frustrated an attempt by one Mr. Godson Onuoha to kidnap two children, aged between seven and nine.
Ulion, who runs a prayer and healing centre at 135, Afokang Road in Calabar South, said when he woke up about 2am on Sunday, he saw a boy and a girl, covered with clothes sleeping on his veranda.
He said on further observation, he saw Onuoha, who hails from Abia State, standing far away at such an ungodly hour frantically making calls.
Although Ulion acknowledged that Onuoha sometimes visited his ‘healing home’ for prayers, he was shocked that the suspect could not offer any satisfactory response when he was questioned regarding the children.
The cleric said he quickly contacted warders attached to the nearby Afokang Prison, who picked up the suspect.
Ulion said, “When he could not explain who the children were and what he intended to do with them and was jittery and frantically making calls to unknown persons, I rushed to Afokang Prison, which is beside my house and invited the warders.
“When the warders picked him, Onuoha confessed that he lured the children from Brotherhood of the Cross and Star headquarters located at 34 Ambo Street, near Mbukpa Road in Calabar South.
“Onuoha said he wanted to take the children to their parents, but could not explain where the parents were and what the names of the two children were.”
It was learnt that the warders immediately transferred Onuoha and the two children to the Mbukpa Divisional Police Station for further investigations.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Osita Ezechukwu, said he had yet to be briefed on the matter, but expressed confidence that the police would carry out proper investigation.
Brig-Gen. Enang Essien (retd.), who is the Director of Security at the Brotherhood Church, said Onuoha took advantage of the teeming crowd at the church’s programme to perpetrate the crime.