By Elizabeth Chukwuma
Between Saturday, April 4, 2019 and Wednesday April 10, 2019,, Zubairu Mua’azu, Lagos state Commissioner of Police , and his anti- Kidnapping officers have been on the trail of the kidnappers who abducted Rasaki Musibau, Director , Lagos state, Fire Service, LSFS, the and six other people in the Ejeirin area of Ikosi -Ejirin Local Council Development Area of the state.
Musibau and the other victims were abducted on Saturday, April 4, 2019 at Ketu-Ereyun, Ikorodu. The abduction of the Director of the LSFS, and the six others , threw a big challenge to Mu’azu , the Police Commissioner, anti-kidnapping strategies, the state to rescue the victms without loss of life . Going by the information making the rounds that the feeling abductors might not have gone outside the state, the tough talking Lagos state Police Commissioner was said to have deployed the Command Tactical teams: Special anti-robbery Squad, SARS, Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism personnel to the Creeks and forest in the area to comb for the kidnappers and rescue the victims. Others were said to have mounted roadblocks in major Expressway across the state.
The kidnappers may have thought that they would make good money from the kidnapped persons, particular Musibau, the Director, LSFS. They were said to have demanded for a n3 million ransomed from his family to facilitate his release. The police were said to have played along while they closed in on them.
The Lagos Police boss may have sent a signal to the Musibau and the other six Lagosians abductors, that he would use their operation as a test case to show that Kidnappers have no place in Lagos. True to his words ,two members of the kidnap gang were arrested , according to Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and the Spokes Person of the Lagos state Police Command , ” following a sustained and Coordinated operations at Ibafun along Ikorodu- Ijebu-Ode Expressway, a boundary Community between Lagos and Ogun state as they were heading to their alleged hideout outside the state, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
The suspects may have fallen into the waiting hands of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping team led by Superintendent Bulus .R. Musa and his team members , who were said to have mounted major road block along the Ikorodu-Ijebu Expressway. The anti-kidnapping team may have mounted the road block in the area based on the credible information that the kidnappers have no other route of escapee from the sate other than the major road, which is a link between the two states.
Given an insider information, Elkana, said the arrested suspects, Blessing Bayo, 23 and Smart Alfred, 32, years were indigenes of Arogbo, Ondo state, an indication that they may be heading to their locality to hide their victims , and start negotiation with their family members.
The duo who were caught with two single barrel guns were said to have confessed to the Police during interrogation of committing the crime. An elated Mua’zu, the Lagos state Police boss , is optimistic that the other fleeing members of the kidnap gang would be arrested. His optimism is based on the fact that the two arrested suspects are already helping the police in their investigation to arrest the other members of the kidnap gang on the run.
Indeed, the arrest of the two members of the Ondo ate born Kidnappers , was a clear indication that Mu’azu and his officers are out to burst high profile crimes, such as kidnapping in Lagos state. The Lagos state police boss, according to securiyt experts , said has set a record which Commissioners of Police in other states of the Federation may have to beat: Rescuing seven Kidnapped persons in within an interval of six days, without exchange of bullet with the kidnappers. This is where Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, acting Inspector General of Police, may have compensate the officers involved in the rescue operation to encourage other officers to do more in fight against crimes in the society.
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