A 22-year old suspected female kidnapper, Adeola Omoniyi, and her father, Ilesanmi Omoniyi, are in police net for allegedly kidnapping toddlers in Ondo State.
Adeola, on interrogation confessed that she had been kidnapping the little children for his father for the past two years, adding that she collected N30,000 cash reward for each job from her father.
However, the father had denied sending her to kidnap children for him, saying that she was insane.
The suspected female kidnapaper, who was paraded with her father at the Ondo State Police Command’s headquarters, was said to have been arrested by police operatives at Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State after failing on her third kidnap operation.
Speaking with newsmen, she said: “I am a kidnapper. I do kidnap little children and I always deliver them to my father in his house at Igbotako. I was successful with the first two children I took but I was caught with the third one.
“After delivering the kids to my father, he used to give me N30,000 for each operation. I do use the money to take care of myself. I don’t know what he normally use the children for. All I do is just to take them to him.
“He was the one that told me to always bring the children to him. I picked the first child from Ilutitun and the from Ilowo.
“It was when I was taking the child away that the mother raised alarm.
People gathered to beat me and I was taken to the police station before I was moved to Akure.
“I have been doing the business for about two years. The first one was in 2021 and the second one this year. I always ask the children when they are alone that where are they going and I hold their hand and they will follow me.”
But Adeola’s father, who who told journalists that her daughter was lied against him, maintained she had been battling mental issue for some years.
He said: “My daughter used to stay in Lagos. She spent about two years in Lagos. She got sick and they brought her to me in Igbotako. She was stacked naked when they brought her to me.
“I later took her to a church where the pastor said I should pay N80,000. I sold my cassava and I paid the pastor. He later told me that she is better but few days after he called again that he could not find her as she had left the church.
“I am the one that she used to bring the kids to. I have never given her N30,000. It was six months after she left the church that we have been looking for her that I heard that she went to steal a child.”
The spokesperson for the state police command, Funmi Odunlami, both the girl and her father would be charged to court after conclusion of police investigation.