By Oluwaseun Akingboye
Twenty-two-year-old suspected female kidnapper, Adeola Omoniyi, has disclosed that she specialises in kidnapping toddlers for the past two years, selling each child for N30,000 to her father.
Omoniyi revealed her father, Ilesanmi Omoniyi, have been taking delivery of the victims and later pay her the sum of N30,000 for each operation.
She made this confession at the police headquarters, Akure during parade alongside other arrested suspects, recounted that she was apprehended at Ore in Odigbo Local Council of the state while on her third mission.
“I’m a kidnapper. I 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 would use the money to take care of myself. I don’t know what he normally used 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 second from Ilowo,” she said.
Speaking on her arrest, she said: “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 offer to help the children when they alone they will follow me.”
But the father of the suspected criminal, Omoniyi, claimed that his daughter lied against him, adding that she has been battling mental issue. “My daughter used to stay in Lagos. She got sick and they brought her to me in Igbotako. She was stark 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’m 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, we have been looking for her that I heard that she went to steal a child,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Funmi Odunlami, stressed that the suspects will be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.
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