The female kidnapper, who abducted three children in the Surulere area of Lagos State, has said her husband, Waheed Kareem, is the mastermind of the kidnap.
She added that Kareem was the head of a kidnap ring that involved some members of his family. It was gathered that her husband escaped arrest and he is now on the run.
The female kidnapper, who posed as a nanny, adopted a pseudonym – Mary Akinloye – to deceive the Orekoyas. Her actual name was Funmilayo Adeyemi, a 35-year-old indigene of Osun State.
The Orekoyas had posted on OLX, an online portal, saying they needed a nanny for their children. She was said to have contacted the family and was employed immediately.
Barely 24 hours after she was employed, the nanny abducted three children of the family – Aderomola (11 months), Adedamola (4 years) and Demola (6 years).
Punch reported that N15m ransom was initially demanded from the family, which was later reduced to N13 after much appeal by the victims’ mother. The family paid an undisclosed amount of money into the bank account of the kidnappers before the children were released on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, confirmed that the fake nanny had been arrested. She was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquatres in Ikeja.
The woman said that it was the second time she would be abducting kids in the state.
She confessed to have been responsible for the kidnap of two kids – Rapheal and Michael – in the Magodo area of Lagos State.
CP Adeyemi said her husband, four children and she were formerly living in the Ajah area of Lagos State, but relocated to Shasha to evade arrest after kidnapping the Magodo boys.
Sadly, the kids parents paid N2m but the woman’s husband gave her only N30,000 and kept the rest.
CP Aderanti has therefore advised parents and guardians not to be in a hurry to employ house helps without doing background checks on them.