Friday, 12 December 2014

Sell It! Househelp who abducted 2 kids in Lagos was hired from OLX

Raphael and Michael Esharegharan, who were abducted by their nanny on Dec 6th, were found today in Shagamu, Ogun state. There are unconfirmed reports that the parents, who arrived the police station in Shagamu this evening, paid a ransom. Fortunately the kids were found well and healthy and have since been released to their parents. Their mum, Onajite Esharegharan told Punch that she got the maid who escaped with the kid on popular sales portal OLX. Read below...

It was gathered that Onajite secured the service of the fleeing housemaid last Tuesday through a sale portal, OLX, where a visitor, identified simply as Omolade, advertised .

Omolade had allegedly posted a number on the website for those who were interested in a "humble" housemaid to apply ─ an advertisement to which Onajite responded.   It was learnt that Omolade eventually took Juliet to Onajite's office.

Our correspondent visited the couple at the Unity Estate, Ojodu, where Onajite's aunt lives.

Onajite said, "After we came back from the church, the children looked tired and I told Juliet to take Michael to bed while I went to do my hair. He had not slept when I came back. That day (Sunday) was my husband's birthday and we decided to have a couple's outing. We told her to take the children to bed immediately because they were very tired.

"We got back home at 9pm. It was Abigail, the nurse, that opened the door for us. When we entered, everywhere was quiet and that was when my husband became suspicious because usually, our children would have run from upstairs to say welcome.

"She probably deceived the kids that she was taking them to their mum. Her telephone line and that of Omolade have been switched off since yesterday (Sunday). We lodged complaints at the Isheri Police Station and the Department of State Service. The police said it was beyond their capacity, but the DSS promised to track the housemaid down."

Elvis, a businessman, said, "We just hope nothing is going to happen to them. We do not have any specific suspicion as to where she took them to."

Onajite's aunt, Mrs. Tina Obajuwana, said she was amazed by the housemaid's action despite her calm look.

"When she was introduced to me on Saturday, I thought she would be a good woman. She looked gentle and hardly could anyone think she is evil," she said.

In a post on a news portal, Nairaland, Henshaw urged members of the public to provide the family with information that could help in locating the children.

The post read in part, "Please help spread the news. My nephews (Rafael and Michael) have been missing since yesterday. These boys have been kidnapped! Lord locate them and bring them home safe and sound. Their parents left them at home briefly with the housemaid, grandmother and a nurse. The maid ran away with the children when the grandmother and the nurse went to bed. When the parents returned home, the children and maid were gone."

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that efforts were on to rescue the victims.

He said, "There are efforts to rescue the children and apprehend the fleeing maid. Members of the public are encouraged to give information that will lead to the rescue of the kids and reunite them with their parents."

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