Lagos Fire Service chief, six others abducted

By AdvocateNews on 07/04/2019

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Kidnappers on Saturday night abducted the Lagos State Fire Service Acting Director Rasaki Musibau and six others at Ejirin along the Epe-Itoikin road, Ikorodu.

Among those kidnapped is the Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chairman of Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area.

The incident, it was gathered, occurred while the fire chief and others were returning to Lagos from Epe.

The kidnappers had blocked the Itoikin Bridge, ambushing occupants of Sienna, Corolla and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

A resident, who simply gave his name as Segun who called to notify The Nation about the incident around 3pm, said the fire service chief and other people were ordered to alight from their vehicles and were whisked away.

 

He said the incident occurred in the evening.

“They (the kidnappers) didn’t take anything from the vehicles. The Fire Service Acting Director’s vehicle was there with his phone.

“We saw three vehicles at the spot. We were told that the kidnappers were just stopping vehicles on the road at Ejirin and after occupants of the three vehicles were taken, they hurriedly left the scene,” he said.

He doubted if the kidnappers knew Musibau before abducting him.

“They could have ransacked his vehicle and take his phones away if they knew he is the State Fire Service Acting Director,” he said.

Another resident said the abducted Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chairman of Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area drove his boss vehicle.

“The kidnapper may have thought it was the council’s Vice-Chairman, unknowing to them that the person driving the vehicle is the chairman’s aide.

“I think the man took his boss vehicle to a party. He was returning to Ejirin before he was abducted,” he said.

According to him, the kidnappers left two children of some of the women abducted at the scene of the incident.

In another development, some residents alleged that occupants of an interstate bus were also kidnapped after the vehicle dropped off some passengers along the road and bystanders pretending to be waiting for a bus to Lagos entered.

A residenton said the interstate bus had stopped to drop off a passenger at Ejirin, adding that some other persons standing on the road joined the vehicle enroute Lagos.

“It happened on Saturday evening. It was around 7pm. It was one of these instate buses that ply that route. The bus stopped to drop off passengers and some people entered.

“But unknown to the driver and passengers, those who entered the bus were kidnappers and they took them to an unknown destination.

“It was a separate incident from that of the fire service director. The man and some others were coming from Epe to Lagos when the kidnappers ambushed them and took them away. This area is gradually turning to something else.

“We are worried because we know how bad it was then when farmers and their employees were being kidnapped daily. These boys are gradually starting again.

“We are calling on the authorities to act fast before it is too late,” said the source.

But the police denied any commercial bus was involved, adding that the total number of those affected were seven occupants of a Toyota Sienna, Corolla and an Opel SUV.

Saturday’s kidnap has sent shivers down the spine of residents of the axis who have for sometimes now, experienced respite from incessant kidnappings and armed banditry.--Nation

Prior to the latest incident, it was gathered that the Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman Samson Ajijedidun was kidnapped by the criminals on March 1 and only released after a ransom was paid.

Some workers and senior staff of the State Fire Service were yesterday seen at the Alausa fire service office.

It was learnt that their convergence may not be unconnected with the kidnapped of their boss.

None of them was ready to speak with the reporters or anybody that does not belong to the service.

They were seen discussing the incident in hushed tones.

Contacted, the Fire Service Chief Public Affairs Officer Bola Ajao’s phone was switched off.

Messages sent to her phone were not answered.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) said seven persons including the fire service boss were kidnapped from three vehicles around 8pm.

Elkana said: “They are seven persons, not nine. They were not in a bus. We are just coming from the scene now. The Commissioner of Police Zubairu Muazu visited the scene.

‘’They were in three different vehicles, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel jeep. We searched and saw some items belonging to the victims, one of them is the Lagos Fire Service Director.

“Investigation has commenced into this incident. The CP has also deployed Special Forces and tasked the Command’s anti- kidnapping Unit to ensure that they rescue the seven persons abducted by some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers at about 8pm along Iwoye Bridge, Itokin-Epe road, Ikorodu.

“The CP in the company of Tactical Units Commanders visited the Crime scene in the early hours of today (yesterday) and assured the family of the victims that the Command is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims are rescued unhurt.

‘’Those abducted include Rasaki Musibau, Mufutau Adams, Funmilayo Adelumo, Asiogu Martha, Lasisi Muka and two others. Vehicles recovered from the scene include Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel Jeep.

“The Command assured Lagosians of their safety at all times as it has intensified patrols and surveillance along Itokin-Epe road, Ketu, Eredo and other major highways in the state.”

Posted 07/04/2019 10:27:28 PM

 

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