Policemen intensify search for kidnapped Lagos landlords

Policemen in Lagos and Ogun States and those of Zone 2 Command have intensified search for three landlords abducted by unknown gunmen in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun States.

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However, the whereabouts of their trainer, simply identified as Coach Ola, was still unknown as at press time.

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The unknown gunmen, in military uniform, on Saturday abducted four landlords who were carrying out exercises in Lekki Garden Estate, Isheri.

Though eight of them and their trainer disappeared during the confusion that attended the sporadic gunshots by the kidnappers, five of the landlords resurfaced after the gunmen left.

Sources revealed on Monday that the policemen were drafted from the Rapid Response Squad of the Police Command in Lagos State, the Police Air Wing Command and the Police Command in Ogun State.

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Zone 2 Police Command is part of the search team.

No fewer than 100 policemen were combing the creeks, including aerial patrol by the Police Air Wing Command.

An Armoured Personal Carrier and two patrol vehicles from Lagos and Zone 2 Commands were being manned by heavily armed policemen at the estate.

However, residents of the area are still living in fears as the kidnappers have vowed to kill the captives if the ransom demanded for the release of the victims was not paid.

The kidnappers have demanded for N300 million on each of their victims.

The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, said although the area of incident falls under Ogun State jurisdiction, but they were part of the rescue team.

Badmos said: “We don’t argue over jurisdiction as we have taken the lead to ensure that the victims are rescued alive since lives are involved.

”Everyone knows that the place falls right under the jurisdiction of the Ogun State command, but the Lagos State police command always want to take the lead and partner with other commands.

”We have activated some rescue process and by the grace of God, the victims will be rescued.”

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Abdulmajid Ali, however, said the police were not aware of the ransom demanded by the gunmen.

Ali said: “I am not aware of any demand for ransom but we have commenced investigation and we are going to rescue the landlords alive.

”The Commissioners of Police for Ogun and Lagos Commands are briefing me about the development.

”We are all out at ensuring that the victims are rescue alive.”

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