Father, daughter nabbed in Ondo for kidnapping toddlers

By Friday Omosola

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested one Ilesanmi Omoniyi and his daughter, Adeola Omoniyi, for kidnapping of toddlers in communities in Ondo State in the past two years. The suspected kidnapper, who was paraded at the police headquarters alongside her father, was apprehended at Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State while on her third mission.

The 22-year-old suspected female kidnapper revealed that she had been kidnapping children to her father, Ilesanmi Omoniyi, who in turn pays her the sum of N30,000 for each operation.

Adeola said: “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 do use the money to take care of myself. I don’t know what he normally uses the children for. All I do is just take them to him. The Trumpet Gathered

“He was the one that told me to always bring the children to him. I picked the first child from Ilutitun and then from Ilowo. It was when I was taking the child away that the mother raised the alarm. People gathered to beat me and I was taken to the police station before I was moved to Akure.”

Adeola said she carried out her first operation in 2021 and the second one this year, saying the strategy she normally used was to ask the children where they are going whenever they are alone before kidnapping them.

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However, the father said his daughter had been battling mental issues, saying she lied against him.

“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 a 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 that we had been looking for her, that I heard that she went to steal a child.”

The Police image maker in the state, DSP Funmi Odunlami, said the suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of the investigation.

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