According to the Lagos Commissioner of Police, the OLX maid, Mary Akinloye who abducted the three Orekoya kids was arrested last night. ( YOU CAN SEE HER PICTURES HERE)
father of the Orekoya boys, Leke has disclosed that the abductors were paid a ransom as against earlier claims by the Lagos state police commissioner that no ransom was paid. He however failed to disclose the amount which was paid for the release of their kids they found in a bag at Egbeda, Lagos.
The children have since received medical attention at the Police College Hospital, Ikeja, where the Orekoya children were being treated after they were released by their captors.
According to the Punch, the children’s mother asked if they want to go back to their “new house”, to which the six-year-old quickly relied “No, it’s a bad place. I don’t want to go back there.”
Leke Orekoya also promised to address the press today. He said that, “We want to rest today… However, I give thanks to the Almighty God for saving my kids and bringing us together again. This is not by our power. This is a result of the prayers of people for us. We saw the effect of prayers at every point while we were trying to secure the release of the children. The children were put in bags. It is not the work of the SSS, the military or police. It was God and I am grateful to him.”
The father of the children’s mother, Senior Apostle Abraham Adekunle, told our correspondent that the kidnappers sent an account number to the family to pay the ransom. He said, “For the eight days that the children were taken away, we did not rest. But yesterday (Tuesday), they called us and said we should send the money to them. They sent their account number to us. Immediately they collected the money, they called us and said they had dropped the children at Egbeda.”
The children’s aunty, Adesumbo Alabi, said the family was happy that the children were returned hale and hearty.
She said the family was able to pay the ransom through the contributions of members of the public and relatives, who responded to the family’s distress call.
“The incident still appears like a home video to me. When I came here and saw the situation on ground, I couldn’t hold back my tears. Even while we were looking for the kids on Sunday, we did thanksgiving after praying for hours, believing that the children will be back to us.
“We thank God the kidnappers asked for money, because there are cases where kidnappers don’t even ask for money, and the next thing you hear is that their captives are dead. But these ones asked for money, and the children are back.
She further said that, “Many people supported us with money. The appeal we made through the Facebook, television stations, radios, newspapers, were not in vain. But I don’t think the kidnappers were able to collect all the money they asked for,”
Alabi condemned OLX for not assisting the family to secure the release of the children.