Six persons have been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for their alleged involvement in the kidnap of toddlers in Ondo State.
The DSS said the suspects, a nursing mother and five men, were members of a syndicate that specialised in abducting toddlers in the state.
Parading the suspects at the DSS headquarters in Akure, the state capital, on Monday, the state director of the security agency, Mr Jonathan Kure, said the syndicate specialised in kidnapping toddlers between the ages of two and four.
Kure said the nursing mother among them helped in keeping their weapons.
“They (the suspects) have tormented many families, especially within Akure.
“You can see that they are young men; what is even more touching is that one of their members is a nursing mother and wife of one of the kidnappers; she is also in charge of the armoury of the group,” the director stated.
The DSS director said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects included laptops, cash and locally-made guns.
The state Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was present at the DSS office during the parade, said the state government was committed to securing the lives and property of residents of the state.