• Specialise in abducting wealthy people in Lekki
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested suspected gunmen who kidnapped a Syrian man, Lungyn Camal, at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos on April 12 this year.
The suspects, John Ayeni, 45; Tijani Gafari, 38; Ojonla Oyetakin, 30; and Paul Orimisan, 38, are said to specialise in kidnapping wealthy individuals in Lekki area of the state.
The were arrested at 2p.m. on July 24 by operatives attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
According to the police, the gang was responsible for series of abductions and robbery cases on the waterways including the March 15 kidnap of Salisu Mansur and Christopher Chinda at Landmark Beach.
The State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who paraded the suspects Monday, said the gang operated with a speed boat and usually targeted wealthy individuals in Lekki and other rich waterside neighbourhood.
Ayeni, who was a boat operator, told newsmen that he was lured into the crime by the gang leader, Job, who claimed he would offer him N50,000 to move them about.
“I met Job at Liverpool jetty where I work as a boat, operator. He told me that I will take him in my boat along with three others to Lekki. On the night of March 15, we left for Lekki.
“On arrival at Lekki, Job and four others disembarked from the boat and headed into Eko Atlantic. He asked me to wait for a while.
“They came back with a white man and hastily entered the boat. The white man’s head was covered. Job asked me to move immediately they boarded. We left for a creek at Epe that night. He paid me N50, 000 for my service and I left. I was arrested at Liverpool.”Follow us on social media