Soldiers rescue kidnap victim, arrest suspect in Lagos

Men of the Nigerian Army Quick
Response Group have arrested a suspected
kidnapper who was taking his victim to their
hideout along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and
rescued the victim in the process.
Surprisingly, the suspect was discovered to be
the victim’s relation.
The 37-year-old suspect identified as Tony Anene, who was paraded before newsmen, weekend, in Lagos, was alleged to have connived with two others, currently at large, to abduct his uncle, Mr. Dominic Nwaezeapu, apparently over a land dispute.

The kidnappers were also said to have cashed in on the visit of the victim’s son from the United Arab Emirates. They were said to have lured their victim out of the house, pretending they were sent by the Economic Adviser to the
President, Mr. Augustine Uwaizi Ahikoya, in
respect of the land dispute.
But immediately the victim stepped out of the
compound, he was reportedly blindfolded and
ordered into a waiting car. He was reportedly
left incommunicado and without food for three
days.
Explaining how they were arrested, Commander,
9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier
General Adeniyi Oyebade, said: “At about 1a.m,
on Friday, the Nigerian Army Quick Response
Group which operates on Lagos-Ibadan-Ogere
axis stopped a Honda car, blue in colour with
number plate LND 751 AP in Akara village,
somewhere around Ogun State.
“They observed that the vehicle was just
wobbling along with one of its tyres in bad
shape. During the on-the-spot interrogation as
part of the “stop and search operations,”
somebody in the vehicle later identified as Mr.
Dominic Nwaezeapu screamed that he was
kidnapped.

“On hearing that shout, two of the kidnappers
out of the three, jumped out of the vehicle and
ran into the bush. Unfortunately, one of them,
Tony Anene, was apprehended. Upon
investigation, it was discovered that the victim
was abducted on April 9, 2013.
“It was under the guise of the land dispute that
the elderly man was kidnapped using the name
of the Economic Adviser but based on our
investigation, the economic adviser has nothing
to do with the kidnapping.”
During interrogation, the suspect said he tried to convince his uncle not to honour the invitation of the abductors.

His words: “A few weeks ago, my uncle
(Dominic) called me to say that some people
had called him, wanting to resolve the land
issue located at Oshimili Local Government
Area of Delta State, in particular Okpoije
Umueze quarters in Ibuzor.
“He said they asked him to come to Ikeja, that
economic adviser sent them. But I told my
uncle not to go, that the man in question was
not a nice person. I also told him if the man had
any problem, he would come to his house.”

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