Following the abduction of four landlords by suspected gunmen in military uniforms on Saturday at Isheri, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun states, the residents are still in shock as the kidnappers have vowed to kill the captives if NI billion ransom is not paid.
A resident, Mr Marvel Nwokike said: “The landlords are still in captivity. The hoodlums have demanded N1billion and have threatened to kill them if the money was not paid. The problem we have is that the two State Police Commands are trading blames on whose jurisdiction the community falls into. Who will now go on rescue mission or investigate?”
The Ogun State Police Command’s spokesman, Abinbola Oyeyemi, claimed the crime did not take place under its jurisdiction, adding, “the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, has visited the estate and has assured them of Police readiness to work with the Lagos State command to rescue the victims”
However, newsmen investigation revealed that the place falls right under Ogun State command.
The Assistant Inspector – General of Police (AIG), Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, who spoke to newsmen said the Police were not aware of N1billion ransom demand by the gunmen.
Gunmen on Saturday stormed Isheri and abducted four landlords.
The victims were having their routine physical exercise near the Lekki Gardens Estate when the gunmen invaded the area.
The gunmen, numbering about eight, wore masks and threatened to kill anyone who resisted them.
A resident, John Kosiso, told newsmen, “the gunmen came through the creeks and took away the landlords. They usually have their Saturday fitness training near Lekki Gardens Estate, near the bush. They abducted the Physical Trainer also.
The landlords, who escaped, later reported the matter at Isheri Divisional Police Station in Lagos State.
The residents, however, expressed displeasure at what they described as the insensitivity of the Policemen, who came to the area, shortly after the landlords were abducted.