A driver of a hotel operator on Victoria Island, identified as William Olowoloju,has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping his boss’ younger brother and girlfriend.
According to reports, Olowoloju and three others –Ayo Akinola, Segun Teluwo and one Akindamola – reportedly kidnapped the victims, Dumebi Azuka and Rebecca Omokoro, on Elegba Festival Drive, Oniru Private Estate, Victoria Island, at about 11.30pm on Saturday, October 21.
The lovers were driving out of the estate in a Ford Jeep when the abductors reportedly waylaid them at gunpoint and tied them up.
They were said to have driven the victims to their hideout in Agodo Alara village, Ogijo, Ogun State, and demanded N20m ransom from the hotelier, Edwin Azuka.
It was learnt that after the case was reported to the police, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad trailed the suspects to the den.
The Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, who paraded the suspects on Tuesday, said the victims were rescued unhurt.
He said, “Apart from the Jeep with number plate, LND 995 ES, one locally-made gun, a battle knife and four Automated Teller Machine cards, among others, were recovered from them.
“The suspects will soon be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
Also paraded were 50 suspected cult members, armed robbers, and drug peddlers arrested in the Ikorodu, Oshodi and Lagos Island areas of the state.
“The command once again appeals to the people of Lagos to be vigilant to make the state safe and secure. Whenever you see something, say something,” Imohimi added.
Speaking with our correspondent, Olowoloju, who hails from Ekiti State, said he had approached his boss to give him a N100,000 loan sometime in September, but the boss turned down his request.
The 37-year-old driver, who said he wanted to use the money for his in-law’s burial, explained that he felt disappointed and met with a friend, Akindamola, who advised him to kidnap Dumebi.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )