The police have now confirmed that the three children declared missing by their parents, Mr and Mrs Leke Orekoya, on 7 April, were actually abducted by their housemaid who is now demanding for N15m ransom for their release.
The housemaid, Mary Akinloye, a 23-year-old indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State, who was contracted via an online sales and classified portal, OLX, made away with them 24 hours after she was employed in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
It was reported that the family was contacted on Thursday, April 9, by the suspect and others, who were suspected to be members of her gang and demanded for the money for their release.
The four children, Demola, 6 years old; Adedamola, 4 years old and 11-month old Aderomola, were reported to have gone missing when the house maid made away with them.
According to the mother of the children, Adebisi, she and her husband had put up a request on the portal requesting for a nanny when the maid who was taking care of the kids suddenly stopped coming to work.
Adebisi said they had someone, a woman who was taking care of the kids before and the woman did not show up on Saturday and Sunday and they urgently needed someone to assist because they were going to resume work on Monday.
“We were disturbed and that was why I posted the information on OLX. She (Mary) called us and said she was interested. She said she was 23 years.”
Adebisi said they agreed to employ her in the interim because they did not like the fact that she was young.
She said they agreed to collect between N10, 000 to N15,000 unlike their former nanny who collected N25,000.
“I left her at home that morning (Wednesday) around 7.30 a.m. It was around 1p.m. that my eldest son called me and said she had taken his siblings away.
“He said Mary told him they were going out to buy some things. She took the 11 month old Aderomola on her back and held the others by the hand. She has since not returned.”
The father of the abducted children,, Leke, also said: “The girl gave us the contacts of relatives and we spoke with two people she introduced to us as her brother and sister.”
He said they confirmed that they were her relatives and gave them vague description of where they lived in Ikorodu.
“We agreed to do proper documentation this week. It was less than 24 hours after that she went away with the kids.
“She never gave us an idea that she was on an evil mission. Her spoken English was fluent. She said she had a National Diploma and just wanted to make some money so she could return to school.”
A distraught Mrs Orekoya wondered how the woman she decided to help turned to hurt her.
“I just want to appeal to them to return my children; we do not have that kind of money. I wonder what they are giving the 11-month old baby to eat since Wednesday,” she said.
Mrs Orekoya, who works in a bank, urged the police to help recover her children.