Following the abduction of four landlords around Lekki Gardens Estate, in the Isheri North area of Lagos State, the kidnappers have demanded N300m each before the victims would be released.
The culprits reportedly called the family of the victims on Sunday, September 18, to make their requests known while threatening to harm the victims if they fail to meet their demands.
The unknown gunmen reportedly appeared from the waterways wearing masks while residents jogged at about 8am on Saturday, September 17.
The gunmen made away with the victims using a speedboat while shooting sporadically into the air.
Some who reportedly escaped the attacked claimed to have remained hidden in the water until security operatives showed up at the scene.
A source described the ransom demand as unrealistic, saying:
“They have made contact and they asked for N300m for each of the victims. They said they would communicate where they would drop the money. But we all know that the demand is unrealistic. Where do they expect the families to get N1.2bn from?”
According to the source, the landlords in the estate recently began a series of meetings to resolve issues in the area, adding that the incident was never done.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Police Command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, reportedly has a team on the trail of the hoodlums.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the spokesperson for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the team has been ordered to rescue to victims alive and unhurt.
The statement reads, “The AIG, who gave the directive to the team which comprises trained and versatile police operatives and ICT experts from Lagos and Ogun commands and the Force headquarters, Abuja, described the incident as unfortunate and totally unacceptable.
“AIG Ali assures relations of the victims and the public of timely and successful rescue operation as the police have clues to the incident. And that the hoodlums, who have no hiding place, will be apprehended. He also assures the residents of the area of adequate security.
“He appeals to the relations of the victims and the public to support the police with useful information on the rescue operation while he works assiduously with the two commissioners of police in Lagos and Ogun and other stakeholders, to rescue the victims and sustain the fight against kidnapping and other crimes within the zonal command.”