Police rescue Lagos fire service boss, 6 others from kidnappers

Police rescue Lagos fire service boss, 6 others from kidnappers
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The police have finally rescued the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau, and six others kidnapped on April 6.

They were abducted at about 8.00pm, at Ketu-Ereyun, Ikorodu and since then there was anxiety in the state as stakeholders, including the Lagos State Government were worried and making frantic efforts for their rescue .

Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, said the victims werereleased unhurt by their abductors around 11. 45 pm on Tuesday.

He said: “The victims have since reunited with their families. The Command’s Tactical teams are still in the creeks and forests combating the hoodlums. A water-tight security measures are placed across the state to forestall future occurrence. The Command deeply appreciate the supports of Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State who stood by us and also provided useful information that facilitated the prompt rescue of the victims. Together, we will continue to make Lagos State one of the safest states in Nigeria.”

However, a family source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the kidnapers contacted the family demanding for undisclosed amount of ransom, which was paid.

” I want to let you know that a ransom was paid before our brother was released, but I can’t tell you the exact amount for security reasons. We were advised to pay as the hoodlums vowed to kill our brother and the other victims if we did not pay the ransom. The good news is that the victims have been released and have reunited to their families and they are all healthy even though they went for medical examination “.

Immediately after the kidnap, PPRO Elkana said:” We have deployed our tactical unit to go after the hoodlums, but I don’t want to preempt whatever they are doing. What I know is that we have deployed our men to rescue the victims “.

A senior police officer at the command Headquarters , Ikeja who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not supposed to speak to the press said the command has contacted the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Team ( IRT) to assist in tracking the kidnappers .

” As I am talking to you, we have no clue yet on the whereabouts of the kidnappers and their victims. We have contacted IRT to assist us.

kidnappers had on Saturday stormed the Iwoye bridge at about 8.pm and stopped vehicles conveying the victims and ordered them to alight from their vehicles and whisked them away to an unknown destination.

Sources said that the axis had become the new den for kidnappers lately after abducting Ikosi-Ejirin council chairman, Mr. Ajijedidun Samson Adebisi and Vice chairman of Lekki LCDA, were last month kidnapped within the axis.

Confirming the abduction, Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, disclosed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has immediately deployed a special squad to ensure quick rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.

“It is true. The abduction happened yesterday at about 8 pm on Iwoeye Bridge along Ikosi-Ejirin-Epe road. Some hoodlums blocked the bridge and took away seven persons including the director of fire service. The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has visited the scene.

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