Indications emerged yesterday that the kidnappers of the Secretary of the Community Development Associations (CDA) in Isheri North Estate GRA, Mr. Dayo Adekoya, have reduced the ransom from N100 million to N80 million.
The reduction of the ransom emerged on a day the body of one of the killed security guards was discovered on the swampy bush behind the estate. A source in the estate told our correspondent that the kidnappers, who stormed the estate on Wednesday night, killed three security guards, identified simply as Seun, Jimoh and Frayio.
The kidnappers had abducted Adekoya and asked initially for N100 million in a telephone chat with Adekoya’s wife but has now reduced it to N80 million.
“They have requested a fresh N80 million be paid for the release of the man, the estate have been in disarray since this attack and killing of guards.
However, the estate CDA have been meeting to know the next thing to do to get him out while the security agencies have been patrolling the estate in search of clues on how the incident happened,” the source said. It was learnt that the three security guards from the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) only resumed work on February 1 before they met their untimely death, seven days after.
They took over from the vigilante guards who had secured the estate for about five years. They were not armed with guns either. Recounting how the ‘night of terror and bloodshed’ happened, a resident who simply identified himself as Hope, said for about four hours gunshots enveloped the estate.
“They came to the estate about 10pm, the canal is just behind the vast estate. The estate has one gate and they did not come near the gate but used the canal. They used ladder to climb the fence of the secretary’s house and abducted him through the window.
They shot and killed his security guard in the house” Hope disclosed that the abductors could have gone ahead to take more victims but were apprehensive of the OPC’ guards who were aware they have invaded the estate. “They were disturbed, that was why they went to the OPC rest bay container and opened fire and in the process they killed two more OPC guards and injured two.”
According to him, the estate is the biggest of all in Isheri, comprising Riverview, Harmony and Oshorun estates, among others.
He said this is the third time that kidnappers had found their way into the estate and made away with their targets.
This time they decided to go bloody. Hope said that the kidnappers believe that residents of the estate have money, but that was not true.