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Residents raise concern over ‘rising’ kidnap cases in Lagos

There is a rising concern in Lagos over the recurrent cases of kidnapping in parts of the state, Daily Trust can report. Some victims who…

There is a rising concern in Lagos over the recurrent cases of kidnapping in parts of the state, Daily Trust can report.

Some victims who narrated their ordeals urged authorities to rejig the security architecture to end the spate of kidnapping in the state.

Daily Trust reports that in the last month, cases of kidnapping have spiked.

Last week, seven persons were kidnapped along the Fidiwo area of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway by gunmen in military uniform.

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One person was shot dead while escaping the attack. The assailant fired sporadically and at the end of the shooting escaped with the kidnapped victims into the bush along the expressway.

Also, penultimate Saturday, a car dealer popularly known as Ejike was kidnapped at Ladipo Spare Parts Market.

Before that incident, Miracle Adereti Kolawole, a 13-year-old student, was abducted in the Ikotun area of Lagos while returning home from school.

Also, penultimate Thursday, a Muslim scholar, Ustadh Mikail Tijani, and his wife, Ruqoyyah Abdul Aziz, a trader, were kidnapped on their way home before they regained freedom at the weekend.

They were reportedly taken to Ondo State where they were released after the payment of ransom.

A 48-year-old trader, Ejike Maxwell, who hails from Awka in Anambra State called on the authorities for immediate intervention by strengthening security in the state, especially along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Meanwhile, Ustadh Tijani who was released alongside his wife after the payment of N5m ransom narrated their ordeals, saying the six days they spent in captivity were horrific.

Speaking with our correspondent yesterday, the spokesman of Lagos Police Command, Ben Hundeyin, said the command is aware of the cases of kidnapping and added that the police authorities were on top of it.

In a chat with Daily Trust, Hundeyin said, “Yes, we are aware of the cases of kidnapping that have occurred in recent times and we are not letting them lie fallow. We are working towards ensuring that the trend is reversed. We are not going into details.”