By Ibidapo Balogun
Police in Lagos have arrested two top officials of OLX, the online retail-marketing outfit, allegedly used by Mary Akinloye, the nanny who abducted three kids in Surulere part of Lagos recently.
The three kids were discovered on Thursday in Shasha, a suburb of Lagos, and re-united with their family. The kidnap incident came to a celebrated climax with the arrest of the kidnapper, Mary Akinloye, by the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
OLX is a South African-owned online marketing firm. The company has had it rough in the last few months. Apart from the present kidnapping scandal, the company was recently mentioned in a multimillion Naira scam.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) Lagos State Police Command, Kayode Aderanti, had told newsmen that he would order an investigation into OLX’s activities.
“OLX would be investigated to ascertain their level of involvement. It is paramount now that we have the kidnapper in our net. I would want to know what role OLX played in this whole saga.”
But a senior Police officer said at the weekend that two officials of OLX had been arrested.
The police noted that this was the second time Mary Akinloye would be using OLX platform to carry out illicit business of this nature.
“In February, she had posed also as a nanny and later kidnapped two kids from her employers in the Magodo area of Lagos. She successfully collected ransom for that episode and got away with it. There is a need to check OLX.”
The source said OLX officials were arrested at about 10 am, following confessional statement by Akinloye that the Orekoya saga was the second in the series of fraudulent activities she had perpetrated using the online retail-marketing firm.
Akinloye had said kidnapping was her family business, adding that it is a racket involving her, her husband, her brother in-law and his wife, and her mother in-law.
Meanwhile, the Lagos Police boss has called for an enabling law to regulate the activities of online marketing in the country.
“I think the time has come for our government to create a regulatory body that would supervise the activities of online marketing outfits in the country.”
He added that the said agency and legal instrument would protect consumers, buyers and sellers using online retail shops.
“I must say here that, this is a revolution in our country and we must embrace it. But we must also make sure that it does not in any way affect our national integrity and sovereignty.”