Three landlords of New Haven Estate, Igbelaju, in the Iba area of Lagos State have been abducted by some gunmen wearing military uniforms.
According to The Punch the gunmen attacked the estate on Saturday and on Monday.
Two of the landlords were reportedly abducted while going to their workplaces, while on Saturday, a woman, identified only as Mrs. Nwoche, was abducted from her residence and had yet to be released.
One of the victims was identified only as Mr. Chima, while the name of the other is yet to be ascertained.
The incident has been reported to the Ojo Police division who sent operatives of the Rapid Response Squad to comb the area.
Residents of the estate are keeping mute on the incident. However, a commercial motorcyclist identified as Ebuka spoke on how the landlords were abducted.
He said, “I did not witness the Saturday incident because it was around 9pm and people only heard some gunshots and ran inside their houses. The gunmen went away with a woman who stayed in a luxury apartment. She has yet to return.
“On Monday, the hoodlums came out in the morning. You would think they were soldiers who came to inspect the area. I saw them in military uniform standing near the plank bridge and holding a rifle.
“I was passing by with a passenger, but I saw that one of them held a pump-action rifle. Seconds later, they stopped two men who were driving out of the estate. The men were in different Sport Utility Vehicles, but were behind each other.
“They ordered them to come out and follow them. That was how they led the victims away into the swamp. We have yet to see either of them. Everyone is afraid. We suspect that the hoodlums are the militants who escaped from the military bombardments of the creeks.”
A construction worker who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “I was going to the site when I saw the soldiers standing by the bridge. They looked as if they had come to make an arrest.
“No one knew they were kidnappers. The family members of the victims have not been contacted. They are still in the dark. Some residents have fled from the estate for fear of abduction.
“Policemen in three vans came after the incident to patrol the area. They have been patrolling the estate since Monday, but the abducted landlords have yet to return.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the attack. She said operatives of the command were already on a rescue mission.
She said, “The command received the report that some men in military camouflage came under the guise of making an arrest and whisked away a landlord.
“Effort is on to ensure his release and subsequent arrest of the suspects.”
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