Festac Kidnappings: IG Drafts Special Team to Lagos, Orders Lagos CP to checkmate menace.
Following the outrage that greeted the spate of kidnappings in Fectac town and environs in Lagos recently, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has ordered the Lagos State Police Commissioner to arrest the menace immediately and restore normalcy to the area..
It was further learned that operatives of the IG Special Intelligence and Response Team have been drafted to Lagos to checkmate excesses of kidnappers in the area.
This move is not be unconnected with the series of kidnap of businessmen residing in Amuwo Odofin and the kidnappers ransom demands in dollars.
Recall that last year alone, about 10 businessmen and a journalist’s wife were kidnapped with ransom running into millions of naira paid for their release.
Since then, most prominent businessmen in the area have gone into hiding, following the ugly trend while others have relocated to other parts of the state.
Meanwhile, family members of Francis Umeh, the businessman that was kidnapped last Thursday in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State, are yet to get any information from his abductors.
This is just as relatives of Cosmos Ojukwu, another businessman who was abducted a week earlier at 21 Road, Festac Town, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, also said that they were yet to hear from Ojukwu’s abductors.
Umeh, an auto parts dealer at Aspanda Market along Mile Two/Badagry Expressway was kidnapped at about 7.30p.m., in front of a filling station opposite his house.
The kidnappers rammed into his car from behind and when he alighted to ascertain the level of damage to his car, five gun-wielding occupants clad in military camouflage dragged him into their vehicle, shooting, and zoomed off.
A family member, disclosed that “The silence on the part of the kidnappers is heightening the already tensed situation. If they contact us, it would ease the tension and also give us assurance that our bread winner is hale and hearty.”
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