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Kidnapping Residents abandon homes over serial abduction

The kidnappers, who were up to five in number, took away the pastor in a canoe, then released him soon after they received a ransom for the man.

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The abduction of two people at Winners Estate Adamo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have caused residents of the area to abandon their homes.

A pastor named Patrick has been identified as one of the kidnapped victims.

According to Punch, Patrick was abducted after a house fellowship at his residence on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

He was taken away with a canoe, and released four days later, after an undisclosed amount was paid for his release.

The kidnappers soon took away their second victim on the same day Patrick was released from their custody.

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A woman identified as Abimbola, told Punch her account concerning the incident.

She said, “Patrick’s kidnap was the first in the estate. Our estate is surrounded by water. The water flows to Mowo Kekere and Ijede, Ikorodu areas. Patrick had just finished coordinating a house fellowship at his apartment.

“He wanted to start his car and go out when the gunmen struck. They had been lurking in a bush opposite his apartment. They took him away in their canoe. The matter caused a lot of panic.

“It was four days later that the man was released after his family paid a ransom. The pastor has left the estate since the incident.

“The gunmen have informants. They have sophisticated weapons. We are praying that development should come to the estate, but with these attacks, development will be far from us.

“The gunmen still came last Tuesday. They were shooting sporadically. Everyone quickly shut their doors. That has been the situation around here.”

The case has been reported to the law enforcement officers at Imota Police Division, Punch reports.

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