A nanny, Mary Akinloye, who allegedly kidnapped three children from their home in Surulere area of Lagos State has gotten in touch with her former employers, parents of the kids, demanding N15m for the children’s freedom.
A family source told Punch that the family was contacted on Thursday by the suspect and others, who were suspected to be members of her group.
It was gathered, that the Orekoya family had posted a notice on an online sales portal, OLX, seeking the service of a nanny, which Akinloye responded to, and gavethe Orekoyas the contacts of two people who she said were her relatives.
It was reported that the family agreed to formalilse documentation with the purported relatives before the week ran out, and was promptly employed.
After the 23-year-old resumed for work on Tuesday, she was said to have taken the three children ─ Aderomola (11 months old), Adedamola (4 years old), Demola (6 years old) ─ out, while their parents were away.
She had since not returned.
A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers contacted the family and demanded N15m on Thursday.
The information was confirmed by another friend who put up the post on a social medium, Facebook, that, “Is it a crime to employ a house help? The kidnappers have demanded N15m.”
Efforts to reach the family were abortive as they continued to reject calls made to their lines. They also did not reply to three text messages sent to them on the matter.
The state’s Police Public Relations, Kenneth Nwosu, said investigations were on.
“What is important in a case like this is to ensure that the children are returned hale and hearty. There are information you may have and if you disclose it, you could break the line of communication. So, we are still on the matter to ensure the safe return of the kids”, he said.
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