In an interview with Channels Television, police sources revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.
The police urged the public to contact the police before employing persons that would have access to their homes for adequate profiling.
The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.
The kids between the ages of 6, 4 and 11 months old were abducted by the housemaid on April 8, a day into her job as the family maid.
The housemaid, Mary Akinloye, a 23-year-old indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been hired through an online trading portal, OLX.
She, as well as her accomplices, contacted the children’s’ parents and demanded a fifteen million naira (N15m) ransom.
Reports say the parents of the children had posted a notice on an online sales portal, stating that they needed the services of a nanny.
Ms Akinloye then offered her services, gave them the contact numbers of two individuals, whom she claimed were her relatives.
The Orekoya family then arranged to formalise documentation with the purported relatives.
The anguish, despair and anxiety of the couple has however come to an end with the kids having been found.
Meanwhile, the online portal, OLX, where the Orekoya family got the details of the nanny, said the kidnap of the children was an unfortunate situation.
In a statement made available to Channels Television’s correspondent, Shola Soyele, OLX said “it is an online classified site that brings buyers and sellers together to promote trade. The site takes steps to moderate and review all ads but does not participate in the negotiations between buyers and sellers as Transactions are performed directly between both parties”.
The country manager of OLX Nigeria, Lola Masha, who signed the statement, said the company had, in all its marketing campaign, continuously urged its users to take necessary precautionary checks when using the site.
OLX also urged its users to help kick out bad players by reporting any dubious activity or user on the site for immediate action.