The two kids abducted by a housemaid, identified simply as Juliet, have been found in the Sagamu area of Ogun State.
Our correspondent learnt that the children– three-year-old Rafael and his 15-month-old brother, Michael– were abandoned near the Sagamu Police Station on Thursday.
However, no arrest has been made in connection with the abduction.
It was gathered that passersby in the area alerted the police to the presence of the children.
PUNCH Metro had reported on Tuesday, December 9, that the 25-year-old housemaid, who was employed about a week ago through a portal, OLX, sneaked the children out of their parents’ house on Gateway Crescent in the Magodo, Isheri area of Lagos State on Sunday when their parents went out for a shopping.
It became apparent that Juliet had abducted the kids when Onajite and her husband, Elvis, returned from their outing around 9pm and observed that the house was unusually quiet.
The kids’ parents could not be reached for comments on Thursday as calls made to their telephones rang out.
However, an uncle of the children, Mr. Darlington Abuda, told PUNCH Metro that the mother was busy attending to the kids – one of whom was said to be traumatised.
Abuda said the children would be taken to a hospital for medical examination, adding that the whole family was revelling in the euphoria of the kids’ rescue.
He said, “We are jubilant. Their rescue is the best Christmas gift the whole family can ever get. Michael is crying now and the mother is attending to him and his elder brother. We give glory to God for returning them to the family safe and sound. I learnt they were abandoned near the Sagamu Police Station by the housemaid.”
Efforts to reach the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, proved abortive as calls made to his mobile phone rang out. He had yet to reply to the text message sent to his line.
However, the Lagos Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, promised to brief our correspondent on how the police were able to rescue the children.
He had, however, not done so as of press time.