Police on Sunday secured freedom for two underage children abducted by their househelp after about one week of captivity.
The two children of Mr. and Mrs. Aneru Mutana of Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos, were kidnapped on November 26, 2018, by the househelp simply identified as Busayo, who kept the kids at a location close to the Nigeria-Benin Republic border at Seme.
According to the release made available to Nationalwire by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chike Oti, the kidnapper was carrying out the instruction of Mrs. Mutana to pick the children from school when she carried out the act.
The children (names withheld) are a boy and a girl aged six and three years respectively, noted the statement.
“Investigation so far revealed that Busayo is a member of a Kidnap syndicate who gives her out as househelp to unsuspecting parents and when she finally lands the job, she warms her way into the children’s heart and wins the trust of her employers and abduct the children once the opportunity arises,” Oti said.
The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has also warned that households interested in engaging the services of domestic servants should beware of whom they are dealing with.
He reiterated his earlier warning that employers ought to carry out a background check of persons they are bringing into their homes and profile them in order to make investigation easy for the police should the need arise.
Police, however, said Busayo is still at large and suggested she may be operating under a fake name.
“The Command also wishes that Nigerians should take cognizance of Busayo’s face, even though the name may not be her real name, and alert the nearest police formation of her location and if possible arrest and hand her over to the police,” said the police.