By Evelyn Usman
September 15, 2009 , was like every other day for the Adeyemiâ€™s, as the bread winner Mr. Alabi Adeyemi left his Ajitadun abode in the ancient city of Abeokuta, Ogun state, bidding members of his family goodbye.
As he was about leaving, his four-year-old daughter, AyokaÂ clung to him in an apparent refusal for him to leave the house.
But her firm grip was loosened by her mother who pacified her byÂ promising to get her some biscuits.
The atmosphere ofÂ Mr. Adeyemiâ€™s family suddenly changed that fateful day, following theÂ disappearance of his four-year-old daughter Ayoka.
Efforts by a search party instituted by worried neighbours to find little Ayoka proved abortive that day. Calls were reportedly put across friends and relatives to ascertain whether baby Ayoka had strayed to their apartments but the responses were negative.
Sleep, eluded the entire family that night and they watched, prayed and hoped their little angel would walk back home but that was never to be.
However on the second day of the babyâ€™s disappearance, Mr Adeyemiâ€™s phone rang, with the voice at the other end inviting him to Adatan Police Division where to his amazement, hisÂ missing child ran into his waiting arms.
Surprisingly, the perpetrator of the little girlâ€™s kidnap, turned out to be no other than Mr Adeyemiâ€™s fifteen year-old neighbour, Ayisatu Ajayi.Â To the amazement of all present, Ayisatu confessed that the child was to be used for money ritual until the bubble burst.
In this interview with Crime Alert, she simply stated that her service was hired by the three other suspects who she said promised to give her an undisclosed amount at the end of the shady deal.
According to her, â€œ I did not have any difficulty in carrying the child away from the house because she is already used to me. I carried her that Tuesday to another location in Kugba area where Jamiu or Ifalolu was supposed to come and pick her but they did not come.
It was while I was carrying the child to a place they asked me to bring her, that somebody saw me and raised alarm , saying they have been looking for the childâ€.
Her confessional statement, according to Ogun State Police Command boss, Mr. Argungun Hashimu, led to the arrest of three other suspects identified as Azeez Tijani, Jamiu Ayinde Ayinla and Ifalolu Shobayo.
Argungun who said the command was poised to nip activities of ritualists who have been on the prowl in the bud, also warned criminals to either refrain from their nefarious activities or leave the state for good.
Ayisatu, according to him, confessed to have been sent by 25-year-old Azeez Tijani, a resident of number 24, Okero street, Abeokuta. â€œ Azeez was the first to be arrested following Ayisatuâ€™s confessional statement.
He admitted culpability to Ayisatuâ€™s claim and stated that he was also sent by the duo of Jamiu Ayinde and Ifalolu Shobayo who are the two prime suspects. It was the two prime suspects that confessed that they actually wanted to use the little girl for money making ritualsâ€
The suspects, he said, would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.