Boy, 9, has nightmares after near-kidnapping

JUNE 12, 2015

A 9-year-old boy has been left severely traumatised after he and his friend were almost kidnapped, allegedly by a Nigerian man who promised to take them to a “far country”.

The boy’s mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the boy’s identity, said the incident gave her a huge shock and her son now has nightmares, reported Netwerk24.

“All sorts of things went through my head. I couldn’t think clearly, but I immediately realised I should call the police.”

She said her son usually stayed for aftercare at his school, Jim Fouré Primary, but his friend convinced him to go play computer games with him at his house last Friday.

After the two friends were done with their games, they began walking back to the school where the boy waited for his mother. On the way back, a man stopped his car and told the boys to take a ride with him.

The boy’s friend believed the man was a Nigerian.

The boy said the man told the children he would take them to a distant land, according to the boy’s mother’s employer, Marian Van Rensburg.

Luckily, police reacted quickly and a search was launched in the neighbourhood for the car.

Minutes later a car was spotted with a man and two schoolboys.

The boys were safely recovered, however the suspect managed to escape on foot before he was apprehended.  

Van Rensburg said it is only through grace and a miracle that the boys weren’t abducted and were unharmed.

“We prayed so much. We never prayed so much as we did on Friday.”

The police did not respond to comment from Netwerk24 asking for comment on the incident.