There are indications that the kidnappers of Kehinde Bamigbetan, the chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, have abandoned their get-away car in Festac town, a suburb of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
Although the police authorities declined to confirm this, ASP Damasus Ozoani, the deputy police spokesman at the state command, stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that: “We do not have the identity of the kidnappers and the driver of the vehicle used for the kidnap took to his heel.”
Ozoani said the police were making efforts to unravel the circumstance surrounding Bamigbetan’s abduction, adding that they would try their best to rescue him.
“The police are investigating the matter; we do not want to do our investigations on the pages of newspapers in order not to jeopardise investigators’ work,” he added.
Umar Manko, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, has pledged not to rest until those who kidnapped Bamigbetan, were fished out. The suspected kidnappers had demanded 1 million dollars (about N158 million) in ransom for his release.
Bamigbetan was taken hostage on Monday at about 11pm close to his home at Ona Iwa Mimo, Ori-Oke near Egbe bridge in Ejigbo.
Meanwhile, more than 24 hours after Bamigbetan’s abduction, nobody has any clue on his whereabouts.
When our correspondent visited his residence Wednesday, a prayer session was in progress, while outside the compound, scores of sympathisers were in pensive mood discussing his fate. The majority of the sympathizers who thronged his house this morning to commiserate with his family, expressed shock at the news of his abduction.
Residents and neighbours described him as a gentleman who has done a lot for the local government.
“He is a man of the people; you can even see from his house that it’s not different from many here,” said a resident.
All efforts to speak with Bamigbetan’s family members and aides for update were unsuccessful as none of them was willing to speak with journalists.
At the local government secretariat, the mood of the workers was pensive, while work has literally stopped as workers were seen discussing the incident.
Sympathisers that has visited the family include Dele Alake, Akeem Munir, a Federal lawmaker representing Isolo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Omowunmi Edet, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Commissioner for Local Government and Chiftancy Affairs Ademorin Kuye, former member of House of Representatives Jaiyeola Ajata, Abdul Lateef AbdulHakeem, Musin Local Government Chairman Babatunde Adepitan, Egbe Idimu LCDA Chairman Waheed Adebayo and his Odi-Olowo counterpart, Yemi Ali among others.