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Breaking: Gunmen demand N10m, hard drugs ransom over kidnapped victims

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Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted three residents of Ogun state on Saturday and demanded a sum of N10m and hard drugs as ransom.

 

The kidnappers also reportedly shot one person while struggling to kidnap him but, later escaped from them .

 

The gunmen reportedly hid in a bush in Obada-Oko in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun state and unleashed their terror on the people in the community.

 

They allegedly went away with three residents after the police from Obada-Oko division engaged them in gun duel.

 

Narrating his ordeal , the survivor, Razaq Lasisi, said he narrowly escaped from the kidnappers.

 

Lasisi while speaking with our correspondent in a telephone said the incident happened on Saturday.

 

Lasisi who said he was a former secondary school principal narrated that on his way returning home from his place of work around 9pm , there was attempt to kidnap him.

 

 

He said the spot where the kidnapers wanted to abduct him was called Ogba Kehinde, a stone’s throw to his house.

 

He said he saw a car with all the doors opened being packed at the entrance of the Ogba Kehinde.

 

According to him, Ogba Kehinde is a six-acre land with some buildings on that land but since some years back, the land has been abandoned by the owner.

 

Lasisi said the palace was being used for a poultry farm long time before Obada-Oko developed to the present situation .

 

He claimed that the buildings on the acres of land now harbour criminals.

 

Speaking on the fate of the kidnapped victims ,Lasisi said the kidnappers have called the community and demanded a sum of N10 million and some hard drugs as ransom .

 

He said, “The kidnappers have called today and asked us to pay N10 million before they can release their victims .

 

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“They said we should come along with packs of codeine, marijuana, water and food as ransom.

 

“But, after serious appeals , they have reduced the ransom to N1.5 million with codeine, water and food “.

 

While narrating his ordeal , he said “As I was about to alight from the car, a man came out from a hidden place infront of my car, where there is a barbing saloon and two other people came out at the back of the car.

 

“The one that came out from the side of the Barbing saloon pointed a gun at me.

 

“Immediately I tried to escape, he shot me, but, glory be to God Almighty.

 

“He shot me twice, and as I was about to move faster, one grabbed me and I gave the person a heavy blow which made him to leave me.”

 

When contacted ,the Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.

 

 

Oyeyemi said one suspect has-been arrested in connection with the incident .

 

Oyeyemi said ” Yes. it is true. The suspected arrested is a strong member of the kidnappers .

 

“We have commenced the investigation and we would soon arrest them.”

 

 

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