Suspected gunmen kidnap Access Bank's manager

The whereabouts of the Regional General Manager of Access bank, Yemi Odunsanya, is unknown after suspected gunmen allegedly kidnapped him on his way to church on Sunday.

It was gathered that suspected gun men riding in a  yet to be ascertained  vehicle, double crossed  Mr. Odunsanya’s car  , a black Kia Sorento about 11.00am around Badore area in  Ajah  and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

Following the abduction, the police deployed a combined team of policemen   to the area where they discovered Mr. Odunsanya’s  Jeep with registration number FW 164 SMK abandoned few metres from the scene of the crime    but the bank manger was not in his car as the suspected kidnappers were said to have driven off with him in their vehicle.

The police spokesperson, Jayieoba Joseph, confirmed the incident and added that the entire police command had been put on red alert to find the victim.

“As for now we can say this is a case of abduction and the entire Lagos State Police Command has been put on alert in order to rescue the victim.

“As I am talking to you now, a combine team of police men, from the Lion building, detectives from the RRS and other plain clothe policemen have been deployed to Ajah and environs to mount surveillance and comb the area until the victim is rescued; the Lagos state police Command is not leaving any stone unturned in checking crime and criminality in the state.” Mr. Joseph said.

In another development, Mr. Joseph added that the police arrested a notorious kidnapper in another incident.

Mr. Joseph gave the name of the “notorious” kidnapper as Emmanuel Emeka Nwangwu who allegedly connived with his wife; a Ghanaian, identified as Patricia Abena, after the couple allegedly kidnapped more than five persons in different parts of the   state and received ransom running into millions of naira.

According to Mr. Joseph,  the suspect  and his wife allegedly kidnapped the son of Folarin Coker, an ex – deputy chief of staff to the Lagos State government and the CEO, Plates and Number, Lagos state, in 2008 where a ransom of N22million was paid.

The suspects also kidnapped the daughter of   one Afam Edozie, a director of MTN in 2009, where a ransom of US$100,000 was paid.

Also in another kidnap, the suspects were said to have demanded a ransom of N2.5million after they kidnapped a son of one Folusho Odegbaide at Magodo area of the state.

“The suspects collected the ransom through Eco Bank in Ghana at different times,” the police spokesperson said.



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