The schoolchildren (left) and the nanny (right)
According to a report by Punch Metro, the Lagos State Police Command has found two children, Nadia Mutana, six, and Khalifa Mutana, three, who were allegedly abducted from school last Monday by their nanny, identified as Busayo.
The two schoolchildren were said to have been found in a location near the Seme Border in Benin Republic in the early hours of Sunday.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Chike Oti, said in a statement that investigation revealed that Busayo was a member of a kidnap syndicate, who gave her out as a domestic help to unsuspecting parents.
He added that when she finally got a job with the Mutanas, she wormed her way into the children’s hearts and won the trust of her employers, which enabled her to carry out the kidnap.
Oti stated, “The Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the two children of Mr and Mrs Aneru Mutana of Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos, kidnapped on November 26, 2018 by their domestic help, simply identified as Busayo, were found today, December 2, 2018, in the early hours at a location close to the Seme Border in Benin Republic.
“The said Busayo was on November 26, 2018, instructed by Mrs Mutana to go and pick the children from school and take them home as she (Mrs Mutana) wasn’t able to do so due to the nature of her job.
“Unfortunately for the madam, the domestic help had carefully planned how to kidnap her children, a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, and executed her wicked plan effortlessly, because she was known to the school authorities and was familiar with the children.
“Investigation so far revealed that Busayo is a member of a kidnap syndicate, who gives her out as a domestic help to unsuspecting parents.
“When she finally landed the job, she wormed her way into the children’s heart and won the trust of her employers. Once she got to this stage, she bared her teeth.”
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, warned households interested in engaging the services of domestic helps to beware of whom they were dealing with.
He added that the commissioner reiterated his earlier warning that employers ought to carry out thorough background checks on persons they were bringing to their homes and profile them in order to make investigation easy for the police should the need arose.
“The command reasonably believes that Busayo may not be her real name. However, it wishes that Nigerians should take cognizance of her face and alert the nearest police formation of her location and if possible, arrest and hand her over to the police,” Oti added.
It was gathered that the alleged abductor was employed about eight days before the kidnap happened.