Kidnappers on Saturday lay siege on the popular Ikorodu-Epe Road, abducting the Lagos State fire-service chief 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.
It was gathered that the incident occurs while the fire chief and others were returning to Lagos from Epe.
The gunmen conveniently block a dual carriage bridge at Itoikin, ambushing occupants of a Sienna, Corolla and a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).
“They (the kidnappers) didn’t take anything from the vehicles. The Fire Service acting director’s vehicle was there with his phone. An eye witness said, we saw three vehicles at the spot. The kidnappers just stopped vehicles on the road at Ejirin and after occupants of the three vehicles were taken, they hurriedly left the scene,” he said
“There are also indicating that the kidnappers might have thought it was the council’s vice chairman, unknown to them that the person driving the vehicle is the chairman’s aide. The Council Chairman Aide was said to have taken 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 on the scene of the incident.
This repeated Mayhem must has sent shivers down the spines of residents of the axis who have for some time experienced respite from incessant kidnappings and armed banditry.
According to Police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said seven persons, including the fire service boss, were kidnapped from three vehicles around 8pm on Saturday.
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 vehicles, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel SUV. We searched and saw some items belonging to the victims, one of them is the Lagos Fire Service director.
“Investigation has begun 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.