Kidnappers abducted Mrs. Toyin Nwosu, wife of the Deputy Managing Director of the Sun Newspapers, Mr. Steve Nwosu, from her Okota residence in Lagos, early Monday morning at about 2am.
Reports now have it that the kidnappers have reportedly contacted the family, demanding a ransom of N100 million.
The heavily armed gang had stormed the Nwosu’s home in Gestapo style at about 2 am, robbed them of some valuables before abducting their victim and escaping to an unknown destination.
Steve and his wife were former editorial staff of ThisDay Newspapers.
According to ADELOVE, three members of the gang had quietly scaled the very high barbed wire fence to gain access to the bungalow, leaving the other heavily armed assailants outside the compound to mount guard.
After the robbery, the gang members ordered the victim (Toyin) to dress up for a “journey” as they all moved to the canal that connects Okota to the 7th Avenue area of FESTAC Town, where they met with other gang members and their speedboat operator.
Nwosu, in an interview with the newspaper, did not categorically state the demands and amount made by the gang as ransom.
He said: “They have been making all kinds of demands, not only monetary demands. “The case is being handled by the Okota police station.
A senior police officer was quoted as saying: “Hours after she was kidnapped, the gang called to make their demands known.
“They demanded for the sum of N100 million as ransom but they have allowed him to speak with his wife.
Also, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni has described the attack as an ‘armed robberyoperation.
Owoseni who spoke to newsmen at his office in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, said the home of the senior journalist remains an active crime scene since his wife was held hostage.
He said, “Steve Nwosu was a victim of armed robbery attack. The place is still an active crime scene, so we are careful in order not to jeopardize investigation.”