NOT AGAIN! Gunmen Storms Lagos, Kidnapper Two Landlords & A Woman

As we all know that kidnapping is now a lucrative job in which many robbery gangs now get involved in it… It’s noise is reducing in lagos state but no matter how, kidnapping report will surely ensued on day because some won’t stop committing crimes.

Many residents of Ever Winning Avenue, in the Isheri Osun area of Lagos, have fled the area after two landlords and a woman were kidnapped by heavily armed men.

It was gathered that no fewer than 500 residents had relocated from the area. Some residents seen in area on Tuesday said that not more than 15 persons were left in the community.

It was learnt that many started fleeing on Friday when the gunmen, numbering about eight, invaded the neighbourhood and abducted a woman, identified simply as Iya Mitchell.

A resident said as the community grappled with how to raise the N6m ransom reportedly demanded to free the woman, the kidnappers stormed the area again on Monday and seized two landlords.

The names of the landlords were given as Mr Okon, a retired customs officer, and Felix, who deals in electrical materials.

Only a few residents were in sight while commercial activities had been stalled when Punch visited.

A community leader, who spoke ton condition of anonymity, said the gunmen sneaked in through a bush path that linked the area with FESTAC Town.

He said, “Some of us were relaxing outside around 7pm on Friday when we heard gunshots. We fled in different directions.

“After they had abducted Iya Mitchell, they went to another building, but the residents had fled. The entrance door of the building was riddled with bullets. We reported the matter at the Isheri Police Division and policemen came, but they left after some minutes.

“The following day, they called the woman’s husband for a ransom. I learnt they asked for N6m, but they are still negotiating. On Monday, around 7.30pm, they came again and took Mr. Okon and Felix. The gunmen were many.

“We are over 500 that live here. You can see how many of us are left. As soon as my children return from school today, we are leaving too.”

A resident, who gave his name as Isiaka Rufai, said there was the need for military presence in the community to restore peace and avert a recurrence. He urged the government to take urgent actions to ensure the release of the victims.

“We are no longer safe here and that was why a lot of people packed out. Until Friday when the first kidnap happened, this community used to be lively. The police alone cannot secure this place. We need military men to be here. That is the only way we can be assured of our safety,” he said.

A woman, who declined to give her name, said she had relocated to Ijegun with her children, adding that she only came back to pick some household items.

Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police would ensure that the victims were rescued.

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