Three persons were killed and two injured early yesterday when gunmen invaded an estate in Isheri North of Lagos State and kidnapped the residents’ association’s secretary, Dr Dayo Adekoya.
Adekoya was snatched on Road 18, off Olusegun Tawoju Avenue after the gunmen broke into his house.
They scaled the electrified fence into the compound, smashed windows and walls when they could not break through his armoured door, to get him.
They came through the waterways, left their boats at the nearby creek and used a ladder to scale the fence.
They brought the victim out through his gate and attempted to use him to access others’ homes.
Their plan to kidnap more people was forestalled by security men and the police.
Those killed were two Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members and a carpenter identified as Ibadan. Their bodies have been recovered.
The injured are in hospital.
It was gathered that the Nigerian Army deployed Phantom IV drone to survey the area and possibly locate the gunmen and their victim.
Lagos Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni, Commander 9th Brigade, Brig Gen. Elias Attu, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Commander Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) were at the scene for the on – spot – assessment.
A patrol van was stationed in front of Adekoya’s house, while many other police and military vehicles were seen at strategic locations.
According to Adekoya’s friend, who refused to be named, the kidnappers have contacted his family and demanded ransom.