Kidnappers of Isheri residents demand N1.2bn ransom

Chidi Samuel

Relatives of the four residents who were kidnapped in Isheri area of lagos state were on sunday told to pay a total sum one billion ,two hundred million naira  by their abductors if they are to entertain any hope of seeing their loved ones again. The residents were kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday during aerobic session by masked gunmen who came through the canal according eye witness account. The ransom being demanded by the kidnappers translates to three hundred million naira per person.

According to a family member of one of the victims, the kidnappers make contact with them early on Sunday to make the demand with a promise that the victims will be freed once the money was dropped at designated point.

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Reacting to the incident, Mr Ahmed Iliasu, the Ogun state police commissioner assured family members of the victims that the police was on top of the situation and that a massive manhunt comprising 30 well equipped police officers have been mobilised to go after the kidnappers and rescue of the victims.

The incessant cases of kidnapping across the country in recent times has become a source of concern to law enforcement agents.Early this year Chief Olu Falae, the former Secretary to the Government of the federation was kidnapped in his farm at Owo, Ondo state  south west Nigeria. The Deputy head of mission at the Sierra Leone embassy in the country was also recently kidnapped along Abuja – Kaduna high way. On both ocassion ransom were paid before they were released by their abductors.