By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The acting Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and seven others have been kidnapped by gunmen along Itoikin-Epe road in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, LCDA in the state.
At the time of filling this report on Sunday, the identity of the seven others abducted by the gunmen yesterday within the axis were still unknown.
It was learned that the kidnappers stormed the bridge at about 8pm and stopped vehicles conveying the victims at Iwoye bridge; they othered them to alight from their vehicles and wisked them to an unknown destination.
Sources said that the axis had become the new den for kidnappers lately after abducting Ikosi-Ejirin council chairman, Mr. Ajijedidun Samson Adebisi and Vice chairman of Lekki LCDA, were last month kidnapped within the axis.
Confirming the abduction, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, disclosed that the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has immediately deployed a special squad to ensure quick rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.
“It is true. The abduction happened yesterday at about eight pm on Iwoeye bridge along Ikosi-Ejirin-Epe road. Some hoodlums blocked the bridge and wisked seven persons including the director of fire service. The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has visited the scene last night.
“And we have deployed our special anti-kidnapping unit to comb the entire axis, rescue the victims and arrest the perpetrators.
“I want to assure the family of the victims that they should remain calm. The Nigerian Police has started trailing the perpetrators and we assure them that the victims will be rescued alive. We have intensified patrol on that axis and other adjourning roads,” he added.