Gunfire rocked the Lanre, Igando area of Lagos State, yesterday as teams of policemen from Anti-Abducting Squad and the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) stormed a abductors’ hideout to rescue a white man.
The operation was led by the officer in charge of Anti-Abducting Squad, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Mr Akinade Adejobi and the second in command of SARS, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Amadu Adamu. The policemen, who surrounded the building, before storming in, found the white man tied.
They also recovered four AK47 rifles, fully loaded, two English pistols, 60 magazines and 5,000 ammunition. The abductors are suspected to have scampered on getting information that policemen were already onto them. It was gathered that in their attempt to escape, the abductors abandoned their cache of arms.
According to a police source, the teams of police were instructed by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, to go after the abductors, immediately he received information about the abduction of the white man.
The victim was said to have been rescued less than 24 hours after he was abducted. It was also gathered that the policemen had been tracking the abductors since Thursday. The search narrowed down to a building located at the Igando area of the metropolis, close to the Igando Police Station.
The rescue operation took off around 4pm and before 6pm, it was over. Residents of Igando, who heard the area rocking with gunshots, thought armed robbers were in operation. The Lagos Police Command Headquarters was filled with jubilation as the team of policemen arrived with the recovered weapons and still badly shaken victim.
Police did not disclose the name or nationality of the victim.
Only recently, police in Nigeria’s southern state of Akwa Ibom said it had rescued two Turkish nationals abducted in their hotel rooms at Eket area of the state. The Turkish citizens are staff of BKS Construction Company in Onna Local Government Area.
Police chief in charge of the state Donald Awunah told reporters in Uyo, the state capital that the two expatriates were rescued along Oron/Calabar creeks.
He said five suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.
“Following sustained Police activities in the waterways, deployment of technical platform, cultivation of actionable intelligence and skillful professional negotiation, the two Turkish gentlemen were released on April 19, 2017.”
According to him, the victims of crime have been reunited with their colleagues after medical assessment.