Faces of the fleeing members of a kidnap gang that connived with an evil
nanny, Funmilayo Adeyemi to abduct three Orekoya kids and others in
Lagos have been unveiled. They are two brothers identified as Rasheed
and Hakeem Kareem.
The nanny, who abducted three children from the Orekoya family home in
Surulere area of Lagos on April 10 within 24 hours after she was
employed as a housemaid, claimed that she was pushed into the act by her
husband, Rasheed Kareem, pictured above.
Funmilayo Adeyemi, the arrested notorious nanny, who confessed to be the mastermind of the kidnap of the Orekoya and the Esharegaran kids in Lagos, was arrested on Wednesday last week.
The mother of four and aged 35, Funmilayo was declared wanted by
operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos police command,
Ikeja when the news of the kidnap of the Orekoya three kids by their
nanny hit the media. The story was that Funmilayo who claimed that her
name was Mary Akinloye was recruited through a popular online platform.
She disappeared with the kids on April 10, barely 24 hours after she
resumed work at the Orekoya family residence in Surulere.
The kidnap syndicate initially demanded N15 million from the Orekoyas, a
ransom that was later negotiated to N13 million out of which N2 million
was paid into a given bank account to bait the suspects. The children
identified as Demola, 6, Adedamola, 4, and Aderomola, 11months were
later dumped naked in an uncompleted building after nine days in their
She also admitted that her gang arranged the December 2014 kidnap of two
kids, Raphael and Michael Esharegaran in Magodo area of the state. She
equally confessed that her husband, Rasheed Kareem, brother in-law,
Hakeem Kareem and their mother, who are still at large, are members of
the kidnap syndicate, which she called ‘family business.’
According to the nanny, the family runs a kidnapping business, adding that her husband is the head of the gang. Saturday Sun
learnt that the suspects, who in their early 30s, are known in their
area as rich boys because of the exotic cars and choice apartment they
live in. As soon as neighbours start questioning the source of their
wealth, they will relocate.
She had said that the others (husband and brother-in-law) run the
business side of the kidnapping and had collected N2m for the Magodo
kidnap, which occurred December last year. The children were later found
Funmilayo was arrested in the Shasha area of Lagos by operatives of
Special Anti- Robbery Squad, Ikeja command after she was tracked down
through the phone numbers and bank accounts submitted by the kidnappers.
Speaking on the progress made to arrest the fleeing brothers, the state
police spokesman, Kenneth Nwosu said that the police would stop at
nothing until all the suspects are brought to face the wrath of the law.