?We are in Lagos because wealthy Igbos are shunning home - Kidnap victims shares encounter with kidnappers following his release

A businessman who was abducted in Lagos has narrated his ordeal in the kidnappers’ hideout.


The businessman asked not to be named because the kidnappers threatened to come back for him if he speaks about the incident.


He explained that he was kidnapped by four hooded men who cornered him as he was going to enter his car parked in the garage in Ago Palace Way, Lagos. He was released two weeks later after his family paid N30 million as ransom.


His abductors called a day after, demanding a ransom of N100 million but family members and friends were able to raise N30 million before he was released.


He told Crime Guard: “I felt that I could only talk about the trauma and psychological torture they subjected me to so that it will arouse consciousness and alert security agencies over what to expect in the coming days.”


He continued: “I saw hell in the hands of those kidnappers and they were boasting that they will soon take over Lagos and the police cannot match their firepower.


“They abducted me that weekend as I was coming out from my bar to enter my garage and drive off. They came with an SUV and as they were flashing their light, I pulled out my car and was heading towards the main gate when a mini bus popularly called Keke blocked the main gate. I thought they were avoiding the bad portion of the road but while I waited, the SUV blocked my car.


“They came out from their car, one of them was flashing what looked like an identity card, shouting DSS while another started releasing gun shots at the same time, pulling me out from my car. They pushed me into their car, forced me to lie low and sped off. We continued moving while they tied a cloth over my eyes. Notably, when we raced for some minutes, one of them who I suspect to be their informant and probably, a force man, got down from their car. I said a force man because of the way he spoke to them while we were leaving my bar.


“We moved for interminable hours until they got to a spot. They stopped and led me into a building like a flat and chained me on the legs. Then, they started beating me with different weapons, some as strong as iron, some like the normal sticks. They warned me that if I try to remove the cloth over my eyes, they would simply ‘waste me’. So, I was just receiving severe beatings and torture with my eyes covered. To me, it was as if a stone would fall on my head any moment and kill me. I was crying like a baby.


“For the period I was there, almost two weeks, they were feeding me with an apple and water daily. Earlier, they wanted to know what I would eat but I was afraid of being poisoned and I told them just apples.


“The beating and torture continued until I heard another of their victims who was kidnapped, raising his voice. He was boasting and telling them; “Is it not money you want? Don’t beat me. I will give you money.” On hearing this, they calmed down and I used the opportunity to open the scarf they used blindfolding me slightly. I saw three of them. It is like they divided themselves into groups. Those that target their victims are different from those that guard the victims and those that negotiate for ransom. This is because the moment the man said ‘I will give you money’, they made frantic calls while at the same time going through his phones.


“The story took another dimension when they saw only N10m in the man’s account and they rebuked him and quickly transferred the money into their account. Unfortunately for the man, as they were complaining that the money was not commensurate with his boast, alert was received in the man’s phone and from the way they jubilated, it must be a huge sum. They did not waste time in releasing the man. I saw that there were other kidnap victims chained in the room. Some were chained in both hands and legs while some, like me, were chained only on the leg.


“After that, as I quickly covered my eyes, they turned towards me and started telling me that they have now landed in Lagos and would go to any extent to get all they wanted. They said that while they were operating in the east, they did not know that they were just getting akara money. That now in Lagos, they were making real money.


“They said that they decided to relocate to Lagos when they noticed that wealthy Igbo people in Lagos refused coming home for fear of being kidnapped. But now, they have landed in Lagos and both the police and any other security agency cannot withstand their firepower. They boasted that they will face the police, fire for fire, juju for juju, and nobody can stop them until all the wealthy Igbo people in Lagos pay through their noses . Their targets are Igbos.


“While they were boasting, they were threatening to kill me if I failed to pay N100m. Luckily, my family and friends rallied round and were able to pay N30m. At this stage, they told me to get ready for my release. One of them whispered to me to beg his gang members to release my bag and phones which I did and they obliged me. The polythene bag contained all the beverages I bought for my daughter who was to go back to school a day after I was kidnapped.


“They took me in their car and when we got to a tarred road, they pushed me out with my eyes still covered. They also warned that I should not remove what they used in covering my eyes and I was wondering what they expected me to do in that condition. However, few seconds after they zoomed off in their vehicle, I opened my eyes and could not say where I was. I was on a tarred road and I managed to cross over to the next lane where cars were passing. It was not easy for me to walk again because they tied my legs throughout the period I was in their den and it was as If I was learning how to walk again.


While across the road, a bus passed by and all efforts to stop the bus failed. Few minutes later, I saw a keke passing by and I flagged it down. Luckily, the driver stopped and I asked him to help me, that I was kidnapped and just released. The driver asked my name and when I told him, he shouted saying he heard about my kidnap. He told me that I was at Governor’s Road. Ikotun. That’s how he graciously brought me back to my place at midnight,” he stated.


When asked if police visited him since his release, he said; “Nooooo, I was told that after they kidnapped me and released bullet shots, some policemen came and hovered around. That’s all. Up till now, I have not seen any policeman.”


Meanwhile, Crime Guard learned that some concerned residents of Ago Palace Way have been complaining bitterly about the state of affairs at the Ago Police station following the rising cases of crime in the area. One of them who was interviewed but refused to disclose his name for fear of victimization alleged: “We had been lucky to have two female Divisional Police officers in the past and they performed excellently well. If they were here, what is going on now would have been nipped in the bud, all these criminals would have rounded up.


“The ceaseless rate of kidnappings and other serious crimes going on here is not encouraging at all. I know as one of the stakeholders that the DPO has been inundating us with requests for money to put the three patrol cars they have on the road. I can say authoritatively that as I speak, none of the vehicles is on the road while we continued to pay for them to be on the road. The menace of commercial motorcyclists in the densely populated and ever-busy area has quadrupled since the DPO who came for election duties took over. Perhaps, he is seeing his continued stay in Ago as an entitlement for one that conducted election and not a police officer posted to maintain peace and fight crime.


“I am aware that all these kidnappings were reported at the station but no significant effort was made to get to the root of the matter. I was told reliably that there is disquiet even among officers and men of the force working under him because of his penchant to chase shadows while criminals have taken over his area of jurisdiction. The new Commissioner of Police should not hesitate to overhaul officers and men in that station so that we can sleep with our eyes closed.”

Former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and wife Judith have released a new song as part of their responsorial psalm series with focus on Psalm 104.

This is coming hours after the APC chieftain was conspicuously missing at the inauguration of the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, as president on May 29th.

Recall, Amaechi was spotted at the inauguration of Labour Party’s Alex Otti as the governor of Abia State at Umuahia Township Stadium.

Amaechi, who was believed to have stayed away due to Tinubu’s alliance with the former minister’s political foe, ex-governor Nyesom Wike, did not also attend any of Tinubu’s rallies nationwide, even the one he had in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The ex-governor of Rivers State who clocked 58 on May 27, released the song, two years after his first single in celebration of his 56th birthday.

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The song also features the former minister’s family and Obiblo music crew.

Lleyton Hewitt, Australia’s United Cup captain, has blasted Nick Kyrgios over the polarising star’s 11th-hour withdrawal from the tournament.

Hewitt spoke to reporters after Alex de Minaur opened Australia’s campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in Sydney on Thursday night — a match Kyrgios was scheduled to play until he pulled out due to an ankle injury.

Hewitt was stranded overseas due to a flight delay when Kyrgios dropped the bombshell, but the Australian tennis great pounced when given a chance to rip the world No.22.

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“I was in the same boat as all the other players yesterday,” Hewitt said.

“I didn’t know any more.

“It was pretty tough for everyone.

“It was more probably the lack of communication and these guys not knowing.

“I’m so proud of this bloke (de Minaur) and the effort and how he makes playing for his country a priority. It’s something I’m very proud of him (about).

“I think for the whole team it was pretty tough not knowing what was going on the last 24 hours.”

Watch Team Australia take on the world in the United Cup, live and exclusive on 9Now and Stan Sport.

Australia had a dismal opening night at the United Cup, with Zoe Hives losing 6-4, 6-3 to Katie Swan after de Minaur’s defeat to Norrie.

Ajla Tomljanović and Jason Kubler will attempt to drag the team back on Friday night, before Sam Stosur’s expected appearance in the mixed doubles.

“Probably just responding,” Hewitt said when asked how communication could be improved with Kyrgios.

“That’s the normal way of doing it.”

Hewitt’s frustration with Kyrgios’ perceived lack of interest in Team Australia was easily depictable as he addressed the media.

“If it was just worrying Nick, that’s one thing,” Hewitt said.

“When it revolves around the team and other people and their preparation to be playing the best they possibly can leading into the Australian Open, that’s probably the hardest thing.”

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Kyrgios had opened up on his injury battle in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age earlier on Thursday night.

“Anyone who plays professionally knows, for sure,” Kyrgios said when asked if people understood what it took to prepare for a grand slam.

“Anyone outside of that wouldn’t have a great understanding.

“Going deep or not, winning a match at a grand slam level is not an easy task.

“People underestimate the pressure and the nerves with being a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

“Throw in an injury and knowing you didn’t give yourself the best chance only adds to the mountain of pressure you face.

“So feeling good physically is important.”

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Nigerian musician and winner of BBNaija season 6 reality show, Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney, has opened up on what transpired on the day he was reportedly shunned by Burna Boy.

In a recent interview with Ionwannatalkpodcast, the reality TV star explained that he had been in the same night club the previous night when he heard Davido was around and he immediately stood to go and greet him.

He stated that it was a norm to exchange pleasantries as a sign of respect when one come across other celebrities, hence his decision to do same when he heard Burna Boy was around the next day.

However, he maintained that he wasn’t quite sure Burna Boy saw him because when he tried to approach where he was a man stopped him from gaining access to the Afro beat star.

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