The New Haven Estate has been gripped with fear following the abduction of three landlords by armed men who disguised as soldiers and suspected to be militants.
The Punch reports that the militants invaded the estate located in Igbelaju, in the Iba area of Lagos on Saturday and on Monday.
During the first attack on Saturday, the suspected militants abducted one Mrs. Nwoche from her residence and she has yet to be released.
Two days after, they struck again and abducted two landlords who were driving out of the estate and ordered them to the creek at gunpoint.
Ebuka who is a motorcyclist in the estate said the militants pretended to be soldiers the following morning after they abducted Mrs. Nwoche.
”I did not witness the Saturday incident because it was around 9pm and people only heard some gunshots and ran inside their houses. The gunmen went away with a woman who stayed in a luxury apartment. She has yet to return.
“On Monday, the hoodlums came out in the morning. You would think they were soldiers who came to inspect the area. I saw them in military uniform standing near the plank bridge and holding a rifle. “I was passing by with a passenger, but I saw that one of them held a pump-action rifle. Seconds later, they stopped two men who were driving out of the estate. The men were in different Sport Utility Vehicles, but were behind each other.
“They ordered them to come out and follow them. That was how they led the victims away into the swamp. We have yet to see either of them. Everyone is afraid. We suspect that the hoodlums are the militants who escaped from the military bombardments of the creeks.”
A worker at a building site who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the incident.
“I was going to the site when I saw the soldiers standing by the bridge. They looked as if they had come to make an arrest. No one knew they were kidnappers. The family members of the victims have not been contacted. They are still in the dark. Some residents have fled from the estate for fear of abduction. Policemen in three vans came after the incident to patrol the area. They have been patrolling the estate since Monday, but the abducted landlords have yet to return.”
Dolapo Badmos who is the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command confirmed the abduction and said rescue mission was already underway.
“The command received the report that some men in military camouflage came under the guise of making an arrest and whisked away a landlord. “Effort is on to ensure his release and subsequent arrest of the suspects.”
Militants have been terrorising some parts of Lagos in recent weeks especially the areas close to the waterways. Military offensive against the militants in the Arepo area of the state had forced them to flee.
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