The parents of the three children, who were kidnapped by their nanny, Mary Akinloye, last Wednesday, have lamented their inability to raise the N13m ransom demanded by the kidnappers for the release of their children.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the kidnappers refused to reduce the money, and insisted the ransom must be paid or they would kill the children. A family source, who pleaded not to be named, told their correspondent yesterday Monday that the family was in disarray.
"The family has been thrown into an untold trauma. As of Friday last week, my brother received a text message and the kidnappers threatened to waste the children if the N13m was not paid within 24 hours.
Their mother is a shadow of her old self. She is devastated. She loves all her children no doubt, but she is concerned more about 11-months-old Aderomola. She never ceases to call out to him everyday, wondering what type of food he was being fed with. During one of the conversations, she was allowed to speak with the children who claimed they were being taken care of. But the issue now is how to raise the requested amount."
On his part, father of the abducted children, Leke, said the family was still struggling to raise the money.
"We are still trying to raise the money. They have not shifted ground. The amount is still what they demanded (N13 m). My wife is devastated at the moment and we are praying and hoping that we would be able to reunite with our children soon."
When contacted, spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Kenneth Nwosu, said investigation into the abduction was still ongoing, adding that efforts were on to rescue the children as early as possible.