The Anti-kidnapping squad of Lagos state police command yesterday at about 1100hours smashed notorious kidnappers terrorizing ikorodu inhabitants.
The operation accordingly took place at Agbowa settlement, a suburb of ikorodu leading to the arrest of one Austine inuesokan Ebimyenwei (27 yrs), a native of Arogbo Azapa community of Ese-Odo in Ondo state where the operatives also recovers corpse of one Festus Abama who died during exchange of gun duel while two others escaped with bullet wounds
Explaining further, the Lagos state public relation officer Csp chike Oti, in a statement said the command had earlier receive two separate reports from one Suleiman Enola and veronica Ewuru about the kidnapping of their daughter and husband respectively.
Continuing, Oti said Suleiman Eniola reported his missing seven-year daughter that was kidnapped whilst the other complainant, veronica Ewuru stated that her husband, one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to police headquarters annexe precisely at obalende was also kidnapped from their house in the night when the victim came out to check on the power generating set that suddenly stopped working.
He said the kidnapper later demanded a ransom of twenty-five million Naira from Suleiman and ten million from the family of Dsp Patrick Ewuru but latter settled for five hundred thousand for both families.
“This was how the Lagos state commissioner of police, imohimi Edgal directed operatives handling the matter to play along with the kidnapper in the interest of the victims that was still in captivity.
He said as soon as the release of the two victims was secured, the kidnapper’s hideout at Agbowa was busted and the aforementioned kidnapper was killed during gun duel while Autine inuesokan Ebimiyenwei surrendered.
Adding that the suspect eventually confessed to the crime and victims have identified both the deceased and Austine Ebimiyenwei as those who kidnapped them.
Oti said concerted effort to arrest those at large is still on while the one in its custody will be charged to court.
“It is the hope of Lagos state commissioner of police, that criminals will take a look at the crime-busting record of the command and see the futility of plying their trade in the state”.
Meanwhile, the command had also come out to debunk the viral video trending on social media purported to be having Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) under attack by terrorist.
The statement put further that in view of the disturbing video, the authorities of Lagos state police command contacted the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the operation at the airport command and stated that the video was that of a simulation exercise carried out by the Nigeria Airforce in conjunction with other agencies at the airport three years back
He said the command wishes to assure members of the public that MMIA is safe and secure and not under any attack as wickedly portrayed by those behind the rumour.