Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and seven others have been kidnapped by gunmen along Itoikin-Epe road in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, LCDA in the state.
At the time of filing this report on Sunday, the identity of the seven others abducted by the gunmen yesterday within the axis was still unknown.
It was gathered that the kidnappers stormed the bridge at about 8.pm and stopped vehicles conveying the victims at Iwoye Bridge; they ordered them to alight from their vehicles and whisked them away to an unknown destination.
Sources said that the axis had become the new den for kidnappers lately after abducting Ikosi-Ejirin council chairman, Mr. Ajijedidun Samson Adebisi and vice-chairman of Lekki LCDA, were last month kidnapped within the axis.
Confirming the abduction, Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, disclosed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has immediately deployed a special squad to ensure quick rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.
“It is true. The abduction happened yesterday at about eight pm on Iwoeye Bridge along Ikosi-Ejirin-Epe road. Some hoodlums blocked the bridge and whisked seven persons including the director of the fire service. The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has visited the scene last night.
“And we have deployed our special anti-kidnapping unit to comb the entire axis, rescue the victims and arrest the perpetrators. I want to assure the family of the victims that they should remain calm. The Nigerian Police has started trailing the perpetrators and we assure them that the victims will be rescued alive. We have intensified patrol on that axis and other adjourning roads,” he added.
Lagos State Police Command added that it was on the trail of abductors of the Director of Lagos State Fire Service and six others.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Zubairu Muazu tasked the Command’s Anti kidnapping Unit to ensure that they rescue the seven persons abducted by some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers on April 6 at about 8.pm along Iwoye bridge, Itokin-Epe road, Ikorodu,” Elkana said.
“The CP in company of Tactical Units Commanders visited the Crime scene in the early hours of today, 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 m, Mufutau Adam, Funmilayo Adelumo, Asiogu Martha, Lasisi Muka and two others. Vehicles recovered from the scene include Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel Jeep.
“Meanwhile, the Command has assured Lagosians of their safety at all times as it has intensified patrols and surveillance along Itokin-Epe road, Ketu, Ereyun and other major highways in the State.”