A middle aged woman, who pretended to be a madwoman during the day while undergoing her kidnapping business at night, has been set on fire for attempting to kidnap a seven-year-old primary school pupil in Ondo town, Ondo State, yesterday Monday, May 5, 2014.
According to an eyewitness, the supposed mad woman popularly called “Ayababa” unknown to residents of the area that she was a kidnapper, was usually found at a dump site along Oluseyi Street in Ondo town at a specific day of the week.
On this fateful day “Ayababa” was seen by some youths on the other side of the road, trying to drag the boy who was on his way to school into an uncompleted building at about 7.30 a.m.
The youths immediately responded to the boy’s cry for help by rescuing him from her hands before inflicting pains on her after she was unable to provide answers for her actions.
Further questioning by the youths revealed that she was actually a sane person who had all along pretended to be a lunatic.
One of the youths reportedly removed the artificial hair on her head and she was later discovered to have fixed expensive finger nails.
These discoveries, propelled the angered youths into action by setting her ablaze after pouring petrol on her.
A Blackberry and Nokia handsets were later recovered from the woman’s bag.
She was said to have confessed before she met her death that she used to come from Osogbo in Osun State thrice a month for the kidnap business.
According to an eyewitness, the woman revealed that she was not the only one in the business as her accomplices within the town who assisted her to ferry the victims out of the town had fled immediately they learnt of her arrest.
However, the state police image maker, Wole Ogodo, could not be reached on phone for confirmation.