Lagos Police Command has debunked reports of alleged increased kidnapping in parts of the state.
Residents of Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi have for several weeks raised concerns about the activities of kidnappers who pick their victims in broad daylight and hold them hostage inside tinted vehicles until ransom was paid.
The criminals were said to have preyed on victims around Admiralty Way, Lekki, Ozumba Mbadiwe in Victoria Island and Falomo area of Ikoyi.
It was alleged when the families of the victims cannot raise the demanded ransom, the kidnappers would start contacting numbers from the victims’ phones to demand donations.
Messages alerting residents on the new trend warned the kidnappers usually moved about in tinted vehicles and once they pick a victim up, they would transfer him/her into another vehicle where the person would be held until ransom was paid.
But the police command on Thursday denied there have been any kidnapping in any part of Lagos.
A statement by spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the Commissioner of Police (CP) Hakeem Odumosu described the news as untrue, insisting the Command has not recorded any case of kidnapping in the state in the recent past.
According to Adejobi, there was only a case of “One Chance” which was reported on May 18 by one Joel Adegoke on behalf of one Adenike Kosoko, who boarded a private car at Admiralty Way around 7:30 pm.
“Unfortunately, the two male occupants of the car turned to be One Chance operators that drove her around Lekki and Ikate, Lagos before she was dropped.
“In the course of the investigation, it was revealed that she was dropped by the culprits same day before 12am at Ikate Area, Lagos State.
“The hoodlums only used her ATM card to withdraw the sum of N110, 000 from her bank account.
“The command, therefore, wishes to state categorically that it was a pure case of “One Chance” which the command has been tackling in the state and more efforts are being channelled towards eradicating the menace and other social vices in the state,” he said.
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