It was a strange confession but it is the truth. Funmilayo Adeyemi Kareem who kidnapped three children last week in Surulere has confessed that kidnapping is her family business.
Speaking after her arrest in Lagos, Funmilayo stated that she worked for the syndicate which included herself, husband, brother-in-law and the brother-in-law’s wife.
On how she kidnapped the Orekoya children, Funmilayo stated that it was her husband that gave her the number of Mrs Orekoya saying she was looking for a housemaid.
“I called her and I was employed and to be honest, they were very nice couple and they took good care of me,” she confessed.
She stated that she told other members of the syndicate that there are three children in the house including the 11-month old.
“I was ordered to come with all of them. I strapped the 11-month on my back, took the other two and we boarded a bus to Ojuelegba. From Ojuelegba we boarded another one going to Iyana Ipaja and we alighted at Underbridge bus stop and we took an okada to the hideout in Shasha,” she said.
Funmilayo stated that she told other members of the syndicate to be quick with their transaction with the parents so that the children can return to their home. “I was particularly concerned about the 11-month old. It was in the newspapers that I read that they were demanding for N15 million. I went to them and said the money was too much and that the parents cannot afford,” she said.