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Police parade suspected abductor of Briton

23 July 2013, 14:01

Ikeja - The police commissioner in Lagos State, Umar Manko, paraded a member of a gang suspected to have abducted a Briton, Dickson Lee, on July 16 in Lagos.

He told newsmen in Ikeja that the Briton was rescued at the kidnappers’ hideout at Ago Okota in Isolo area of the metropolis without ransom payment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lee was allegedly kidnapped on July 16 at Mafoluku on Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road at about 4.30 p.m.

Lee was said to have boarded a KLM airline from Amsterdam to Lagos before he was abducted outside the airport.

Manko said men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja swooped on a member of the gang on July 21 at about 12.30 p.m. when he came to collect the agreed ransom at a spot on Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

"On July 19 at about 4.30 p.m., a case of kidnapping of one Dickson Lee, a Briton, initially reported at Area 'D' Command, Mushin, was transferred to the Squad for possible tracking down of the kidnappers.

"He was driven away in a black sport jeep by unknown gunmen on July 16 along airport road, Mafoluku.

"The mobile phone number that the suspects used to call to demand for the ransom was sent to a network provider for investigation.

"After negotiations, the kidnappers agreed to collect a ransom of N7.5 million,’’ Manko said.

He said police were still on the trail of other members of the gang.

The commissioner said arms recovered from the kidnappers included two pistols and five cartridges.

Manko, however, advised foreigners living in the country to engage in genuine businesses, promising that the police would continue to provide them security.

 - NAN


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