Inside Lagos ‘kidnappers’ den‎’ where two were burnt alive, three arrested

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Residents of Obadeyi at the Ijaiye-Ojokoro axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Tuesday called on security operatives to conduct a ‘thorough search’ on a building allegedly used by kidnappers in the area.

Some of the residents spoke to PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday when an alleged kidnappers’ den was uncovered in a tunnel around the bridge on that part of the expressway.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the mayhem which led to the death of two suspects who were set ablaze by an irate mob.

Although Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said on Tuesday that seven people have been arrested by the police, only three individuals were arrested at the scene of the incident which PREMIUM TIMES monitored from morning till dusk.

THE TRAGEDY

Tragedy struck in the early hours of Tuesday when a street sweeper allegedly overheard the voice of a woman and her child crying for help inside the tunnel.

The development prompted local security operatives and residents to plunge into the tunnel and allegedly found the first suspect who was beaten and immediately set ablaze.

The presence of security operatives and fire fighters, however, deterred the residents and the fire was put off. But the suspect was not evacuated as he rolled on the floor, and declined to make any confession.

PREMIUM TIMES correspondent at the scene reports that many witnesses alleged that the suspect later said he would not confess because he could not be killed, a statement that infuriated the mob who finally set him ablaze for the second time and got him killed.

“He bragged that he cannot die. Many of us used several objects on him and he didn’t die. He swallowed a gourd and said he won’t confess. We just had to do the needful,” a member of the mob who declined to be identified told PREMIUM TIMES.

Two others allegedly arrested from the den were, however, lucky as they were rescued by security officials on ground. One of them was caught after he allegedly burst out of an exit around Zenith Bank premises. He allegedly confessed that that were about 25 more suspects underneath the tunnel. The other rescued suspect, who was wearing African wax material, popularly called Ankara, was allegedly found with charms and a calabash.

The third ‘suspect’ arrested was a man believed to be mentally unstable who hung around the neighbourhood. But residents took him to security operatives, saying he might be kidnappers’ ‘informant’.

However, the atmosphere became tense when another suspect was caught after he allegedly ran out of the tunnel. Police and other security operatives were overpowered by the mob who declined to have him rescued like the other two, saying the police may compromise the matter.

He was eventually dragged to the spot where the first suspect was burnt to death and set ablaze by the jubilant mob.

SUSPECTED BUILDING

Meanwhile, windows and louvres of a building located on Ajasa Close, off the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, were vandalised by the mob who alleged that owners of the building were abbeting crime.

Trouble started when some of the residents traced a few ‘incriminating’ materials to another abandoned building located beside the building. Some of the materials allegedly found in the abandoned building include female underwears, used condoms and calendars.

The mob later stormed the building with the intent of vandalising valuable items. Residents of the building later emerged to plead with the mob and the police prevented an attack on the residents.

“This building is a ‘suspect’, the tunnel connects to this place and they might know about it,” Ajayi, one of the angry crowd members told PREMIUM TIMES.

“Owners of this building are not completely innocent. How would they not know about the materials found here. They must be probed by security officials,” another resident told our correspondent in Yoruba.

Meanwhile, another resident, Jide Obadina, called on the government to conduct thorough search around the tunnel.

“Government has the master plan of this tunnel. Let them come around to search it.”

Other residents however claimed that officials of the local vigilante made several suspicious discoveries when they plunged into the tunnel

“The vigilante people found several holes inside. They even said they heard sound of a generator and voices of people,” Joju Kareem, a resident of the area, said.

But PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report that when the search of the tunnel was conducted by soldiers and local vigilante groups, no victim was found underneath.


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  • Abdul

    So if no victim was found in the tunnel then on what basis were the 2 people set ablaze? What nonsense is this for God sake, did they just kill these people for the fun of it? No wonder, Igbo’s are quick to call Nigeria a zoo. Somebody came out from a tunnel and they were killed without serious evidence. Na wa o.

    • George

      THAT is Yoruba for you kill before asking questions.

      My question is HOW COULD SOMEONE JUST KILL ANOTHER WHEN HIS SENSES INTACT.

      Just kill gather around inhaling the smokes as air-fresher or what.

      • dotun damilare

        see mumu georga.. the anambra just did their version of church killing..

        • Abdul

          And the Yorubas decided to do theirs no be so? Hausas also did theirs through Boko Haram the day before yesterday by killing 31 fishermen. You people are problematic to the minority tribes in Nigeria.

  • George

    This is what happen when you glorified criminals like Tinubu the younger ones will think that is only way out to reach the top and be called National Leader.

    Pls check the stories of Tinubu its all started in this way even that white goat head Wole Soyinka he took gun into radio station to kidnapped way back today animals like him celebrated him.

    That is how all these madness started and today we are in another level of it because too many people are now involved. It started little and today ppl are saying Buhari has right to stay IN UK maybe next president will go and stay in Japan. WATCH OUT.

    • Oladapo Sunday

      You need to have a check run on you man.

    • Ben

      I think in the whole write up,Tinubu is not mentioned here.we should respect personalities and elders.

  • Andrew

    Yoruba people are always involved in this ritual killings and animalistic crimes all around the world. In 2013 they kidnapped and cut off the head of a British soldier in London in broad daylight with the intent of using the White man’s head to make money. This is why Biafrans and Niger Deltans are seceding from Nigeria come October 1

    • Dazmillion

      Must you turn this issue into tribalism? how do you know ithat the kidnappers that were burnt are Yorubas

      • Paul Ohuche

        This generation of Nigerians that contribute to this platforms if they truly represent and reflect the position of the southerners the future of this country is bleak. Everything is interpreted on the basis of tribe and ethnicity. Shame on you all

      • bala

        TAKE A HEART MY BROTHER, IT IS ONE CURSED HEAD THAT MAKES PEOPLE TO CONDEMN MILLIONS OF A KIND. IT’S HAPPENING EVERY CORNER OF NIGERIA YET THE BASTARDS THAT CONSTITUTE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY KEPT MUTE. IF IT’S SOMETHING FINANCIALLY BENEFICIAL OR SINGLE ATTACK ON THEIR MEMBERS, YOU WILL SEE THEM HURRYING BACK TO THE HOUSE OF SHAME TO ENACT OR AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO SUIT THEIR IGNOBLE ROLE.

  • Okpoko

    Very primitive Yoruba people. Honestly I don’t know why that useless Lord Luggard brought my Niger Delta into Nigeria in 1914.

    • Ben

      Crime has no tribe or region/boundary

    • newvoice404

      You are not from ND, you are a useless Igbo unity beggar that migrated into ND long time ago. Shame

      • bala

        THANK YOU THE IGBOS ARE WORST THAN HYENA. ANYWAY THE YORUBAS MUST PUT A DEFINITE END TO THESE CANNIBALISM. IT IS A SHAME AND PURELY INHUMAN FOR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS TO DEVOUR ONE ANOTHER LIKE LIONS.

  • emmanuel

    All responsible newspapers in Nigeria have all carried the protests demanding our useless so called absentee president to RESUME, RESIGN or DIE but Premium Times is focusing on this story of kidnapping. Would this have been the case were President Jonathan lying on his sick bed for 90 days?


    Meanwhile Boko Haram Islamic terrorists have killed yet another 31 fishermen i Lake Chad (Northern Nigeria) this morning. Premum Times are deaf to this and will NEVER show you footage of the carnage in Lake Chad – North East of Nigeria. Whereas, Boko Haram terrorists attack a Church in Biafra at 6am. By 8.45am Premium Times already has bloodied photos of the scene both interior and exterior posted all over its website. Where then lies fairness?

    • Mufu Ola

      “Management consultant”. Is this how u consult?