Kidnappers who abducted four landlords around Lekki Gardens Estate in the Isheri North area of Lagos State have demanded N300m each for their safe release.
The kidnappers called the family members of their victims on Sunday to make their demand and threatened to harm the four men if their demands were not met. It was reported that the men, all armed with guns and masked emerged from the waterways while the residents were jogging around 8am on Saturday morning. They were said to have released random gunshots in the air before whisking their victims away in a speedboat.
Ransom set for kidnapped landlords
A community source described the demand as unrealistic. He said, “They have made contact and asked for N300m for each of them. They said they would communicate where they would drop the money, but we all know that the demand is unrealistic. Where do they expect the families to get N1.2bn from?”. He also said that landlords in all the estates had started a series of meetings to try and find a way to solve the incident, saying this was unprecedented in the community.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Police Command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, has raised a tactical rescue team to go after the hoodlums and rescue the victims unhurt.
A statement by the spokesperson for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi read “The AIG who gave the directive to the team which comprises trained and versatile police operatives and ICT experts from Lagos and Ogun commands and Force Headquarters Abuja, has described the incident as unfortunate and totally condemned.”
“AIG Abdulmajid Ali wishes to assure the relations of the victims and general public of timely and successful rescue operation as the police have clues to the incident. And that the hoodlums, who have no hiding place, will be apprehended. He also assures the residents of the area of adequate security.”
“The police boss therefore appeals to the relations of the victims and the general public to support the police with useful information on the rescue operation while he works assiduously with the two commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun and other stakeholders to rescue the victims and sustain the fight against kidnapping and other crimes within the zonal command.”