The Police in Lagos State have placed a bounty on wanted kidnap suspects, the husband and in-laws of the suspected ‘nanny kidnapper’, Funmilayo Kareem.
Give information that will aid their arrest and you will get a cash reward, the police say.
The Lagos State Police Command made the promise in an effort to arrest the nanny’s husband, Waheed Kareem and his brother, Akeem Kareem.
In a statement, the command said: “We will appreciate and indeed any credible information that will facilitate their arrest.
“Together, we can keep Lagos and indeed our neighbourhood safe and crime free”.
No amount was announced as the reward.
Funmilayo Kareem,35, was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives last month after her second Kidnap mission in Lagos, orchestrated by her husband and in-laws, where she abducted three children of the Orekoya family and demanded for a 13 million Naira ransom.
The Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a three year old girl who was allegedly kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday during a church service while her parents were in the church.
The girl was said to have been seen in a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by members of the community who later informed the Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta Ogun State.
The girl was rescued and handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.
According to a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded for #300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ransom from the girl’s parents and promised the parents that they would see her after the ransom has been dropped at a designated place.
The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written, possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family.
The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the Police.
According to the command spokesperson, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out thorough investigation into the matter as the mode of operation adopted by kidnappers in the state in recent times calls for concern.
The Commissioner of Police promised to discuss with his counterpart at the Lagos State Command on the need to tackle the recent development, and plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in the inhuman act.
The CP, Valentine Ntomchukwu, also appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the kidnappers.
A startling revelation has triggered following the arrest of a nanny, Funmilayo Adeyemi, for the kidnapping of the three Orekoya children.
The Lagos State Police Command said that the nanny, known initially as Mary Akinloye but whose real name is Funmilayo Adeyemi, has confessed to also being the mastermind of the kidnap of another set of children who were taken in November 2014.
More intriguing is the confession by Mrs Adeyemi that her entire family is involved in the nefarious act.
Adeyemi narrated to Channels Television how she executed the kidnap of the Orekoya children which was planned by her husband, who is said to be a music and video producer, her brother-in-law and his wife, as well as her mother-in-law.
The nanny was said to have been hired through an online trading portal, OLX.
In an interview with Channels Television, a police source had 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 children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.
The three children, aged six years, four years and 11 months old, were abducted by the housemaid on April 8, a day into her job as the family maid.
She, as well as her accomplices, contacted the children’s parents and demanded a 15million Naira ransom.
The Commissioner explained that the information of the abducted children was gotten to his office by the D.P.O who stays close to the parents of the abducted kids and action was taken immediately (24hrs).
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, CP, Aderanti stated that the investigative process is a way of preventing kidnappings by employees or fraudulent people.
He further stated that once an employer identifies a potential employee, the police should be contacted to begin an investigation before the employment details are finalised.
He said fingers and thumb prints as well as pictures will be taken and filed after which investigations/ background checks will be carried out, and the employer will be notified if the person is fit or otherwise for the job.
The Commissioner cautioned all parents to be aware of kidnappers disguised as domestic staff, likening it to the kidnap of the 3 children and several others that have been happening in the country.
Mr Aderanti maintained that the police profiling will to ensure prompt investigation within 24 hours with the use of technology to enable the culprit(s) to be tracked.
Use of OPC/Estate Guards
The Commissioner of Police also emphasized the need for a background to be done on any form of guards or security personnel to be used as applied in the case of kidnap.
The Commissioner also spoke on the armed robbery incident that took place in Lekki, saying that the investigation process is still on, adding that the perpetrators will be made public.
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The Commissioner stated that investigations have been carried out on areas where violence broke out but commended the force a being able to curb the crisis and still maintain peace across the state.
Welfare of the Police
He also commended the Inspector General of Police (Suleiman Abba) for holding the interest of the police officers at heart and ensuring that their needs are catered for and called on Nigerians to ensure that they make use of the police toll free line which is 767, 112, or direct line 08127155071 and 08079279349 when emergencies arise.