Funmilayo Adeyemi, 30, nanny, who kidnapped three kids left in her care, has been arrested by the police on Wednesday, April 15
| By Anayo Ezugwu | Apr. 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT |
THE Lagos State Police Command has wiped the tears off the eyes of the Adebisi Orekoya family whose three kids were kidnapped by Funmilayo Adeyemi, their nanny on Monday, April 6. Adeyemi, who kidnapped the children two days after she was employed, has also confessed to kidnapping other kids.
Kayode Aderanti, commissioner of police in the state, said the suspect, was arrested on by 9.20pm at Shasha, Egbeda area of Lagos, and that investigation in the kidnapping is still ongoing.
Aderanti told Channels TV Sunrise Daily show, on Thursday, April 16, that the divisional police officer who stays close to the family of the victims gave him the information about the abducted children within 24 hours of the incident and that he took action immediately. “We swung into action, transferred the case to the headquarters and assigned it to our Special Investigation Bureau, SIB, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. Along the way, we tried to do everything possible to ensure the safety of these kids. So we did everything possible to narrow down the space to Shasha area and found the children abandoned in the building and we went there and evacuated them to safety. But the beautiful thing is that the maid, Mary Akinloye, was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) night”, he said.
According to Aderanti, the three kids, Aderomola 11-month-old, Adedamola, four years, and Demola, six years, was rescued by operatives from the Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB, of the state police command on Tuesday, April 14, at the Shasha, Egbeda area of Lagos and had been reunited with their family. “Right now, the children are receiving treatment at the Police Medical Centre, Police College Ikeja. When they were rescued, it was discovered that they had all along been kept in an unhygienic condition, so I quickly ordered that they should be rushed to the hospital. Well, today, (Wednesday) when I got to the hospital, the children were in good condition. They are lovely and cheerful children.”
The nanny, who is in police custody, has confessed that she also kidnapped the two kids (Raphael and Michael Esharegan) from Magodo area of the state last year. She said her team, which consisted of her brother-in-law, sister-in-law, her husband and herself, collected N2 million for the Magodo kidnap, which occurred December last year.
The suspect said she was employed as a maid by the Magodo couple through the same OLX, an online sales portal and that she has four children. She added that after the ransom was paid, she was given N30, 000 as her share. She revealed that her real name was not Mary Akinloye and she was not 23-year-old. She begged the Orekoya family to forgive her. “It was not my fault. Mrs Orekoya, you were very nice to me and you took care of me. I was pushed to do it,” she said.
However, Aderanti has advised employers of domestic staff such as nannies, cooks, drivers and gardeners to seek the services of the divisional police and police area commands in their localities to do a profiling of their new employees before they bring them into their homes. “To forestall this kind of unfortunate incident, Lagosians, who want to employ the services of domestic staff, should visit the Divisional Police or Area Commands within their locality to seek a Police profiling of the said staff.
“Seeking a profiling of employed domestic staff by the Police Divisions and Area Commanders is easier and bears no cost-implication. The profiling of the domestic staff before they are employed also helps to check if they have had any previous criminal background, and as well help to get their data such as fingerprint, photograph, name and other personal information. This profiling step helps the police to quickly and efficiently arrest the situation should the employed domestic staff engage in any criminal activity after being employed,” he said.