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A member of the gang that kidnapped the Lagos Fire Service Acting Director, Rasaki Musibau, has said that they did not have any target in mind the day he was abducted.
The suspect, Blessing Boyo, 29, who was paraded alongside Smart Alfred yesterday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, by the State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said that the gang leader MK invited them for a job ,but he did not tell them that it was kidnapping .
He said they were menial workers who assist wood hackers to carry wood in the bush : When we were invited ,we thought it was wood work .It was when we met him in the bush that he briefed us that we have come to join him and his boys for kidnapping .We wanted to oppose ,but his boys warned that we would be killed and buried without traces .He showed us guns .I told him that we have never used gungs but he said our work was to use log of wood to block the road “.
He said it was around 8pm that they abducted Musibau and six others on April 6 , ” we used timbers to block the road before ambushing their victims. We used guns to threaten the victims .The four guns we used for the operation were brought by MK .
“MK called me for the operation. He had guys in the bush. He brought out guns and said it was kidnapping work. I have not kidnapped before. I used to carry timber with an operator.
“We blocked the road with woods, stopped vehicles and kidnapped them. We had four guns and it was MK that brought it. I have not been given any money. He said we should return to base first. It was MK that was with the money. He told us that the money was N5 million ,but we don’t know truth .Whether the money was bigger or not ,we don’t know .
“My first time in Lagos was on April 5. I am from Arogbo in Ondo State. We did not beat the man. We took the man to the bush. He was fed by MK’s boys . He was not harassed .
Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command CP Zubairu Muazu who paraded the suspects said that the suspects were arrested on April 10 at about 5:30am at Ibafun , alomg Ikorodu-Ijebu Ode Expressway, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun.
According to Muazu , all kidnapped victims regained their freedom following a sustained and well coordinated operation by the command’s Tactical Anti-kidnapping unit.
“They all confessed to the crime. Two single barrel guns were recovered from the suspects. Investigation is ongoing,” Muazu said .