Owutu Residents Call on Lagos Govt To Bring Back Military Men, Provide Security In Their Communities
-Woman released 3 days after kidnap, ransom paid
Residents of Oshin Tek-Tek Estate, Oju-Oro Phase II, a community in Owutu/Agric area in Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, has called on the Lagos State Government for the restoration of military personnel in their communities to provide security.
The call came after a kidnapped woman, Mrs Ronke Edaiken (Edaiken not real surname) was kidnapped and released three days after being taken away through the creek in Itowolo-Majidun-Ajegunle. She is said to be the sister in-law of a lawmaker.
It was reliably gathered that the woman who was kidnapped by armed men around 8.30pm on Thursday, March 29, 2017, was released on Sunday, April 2, 2017, after a certain amount of money was paid as ransom to her abductors.
Her abductors had allegedly demanded the sum of N10million for her release.
Speaking with THE IMPACT, a resident of the Tek-Tek Estate, Oju-Oro,who simply identified himself as Ogunlewe, said that the kidnappers came in the night to abduct the woman without the shooting of gun.
“It was around 8pm on Thursday that these men came through the creek and abducted Mrs Ronke who is a petty trader. After abducting her and fled through the creek, they left their cutlasses and rainboots which are with the police at the Owutu Police Station as we speak”.
“Our community is a registered CDA in Oju-oro and we are very close to a vast forest and creek. We need urgent attention in term of government presence to secure the lives and properties of the people. There is need for security presence in our area before these criminals turned kidnapping into daily activities”, Mr Ogunlewe pleaded.
Another resident, a woman who also pleaded not to be named for security reasons, also confirmed to THE IMPACT that the kidnappers whom she claimed were armed, did not shoot.
THE IMPACT also gathered that cult guys normally make use of the forest as meeting point and that the attention of the relevant authorities have been drawn to this development but without any response.
“On Sunday, March 25, 2017, the police arrested some cult guys who have cult marks on their bodies, after we had called their attention to them. Unfortunately, these guys were released as soon as the issue of kidnapping came up. We however gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Owutu was not informed about the arrest and the release of the cultists,”another resident who spoke with our reporter alleged.
He equally appealed to the government to ensure adequate security in the area because according to him, “the vast forest that surrounds us has creeks that connects Isawo, Tapa, Majdun, Magodo and Odo-Ogun”.
It was also gathered that the police men attached to the Owutu police station responded swiftly to the call on that Thursday night and arrested some Fulanis who were later released the following morning when the kidnapers started demanding for N30million and later N10million.
Speaking with Mr Ibikunle,Chairman, Oshin Tek-Tek Community Development Association, he confirmed the release of the kidnapped victim on Sunday night after a ransom was paid.
“It’s true the woman has been released after a ransom was paid. Though, I cannot tell you the amount of the ransom but it was in the region of what you said was demanded for (N30million).
“We are residing in a very dangerous environment that requires government’s protection but unfortunately, the military personnel that were drafted to our area ceased patrolling since last year and our efforts to bring them back have proved abortive. We want the state government to restore them urgently to protect us”, the CDA Chairman pleaded.
In the community’s attempt to call the state government’s attention to the insecurity in the area, THE IMPACT learnt that the community had written a letter to the government and also sent a delegation.
“We have done everything to call the attention of government to our insecurity problem but our efforts are yet to yield any positive result. We have been there and we are still planning to continue going there until they respond and deploy military men to protect us. The community has done everything to protect the people by employing security men but that alone cannot curtail the situation on ground. We need government intervention”, Mr Ibikunle stated .
Meanwhile, residents of Tek-Tek Estate numbering about 200 on Sunday, April 2, 2017, protested to Baale Ajagunro and later to the Ayangbure’s palace twice to register their grievances to HRM Oba Kabiru Shotobi but were unable to meet the kabiyesi whom we gathered was not in the palace at that time.
Attempts to speak with the Divisional Police Officer in Owutu by our reporter proved abortive as several calls put through to his MTN and Glo numbers were not picked.
Our reporter was also unable to reach the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) before going to press.
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