Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, on Thursday said the police has rescued a 61-year-old Lebanese woman, Alhaja Essa Dannawi, who was kidnapped at her Lagos residence on May 2.
Speaking to reporters in Lagos, Manko said the woman was rescued on Sunday by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), led by SP Abba Kyari, and no ransom was paid to the abductors.
“The family members of the victim were extensively interrogated by the Police and after getting enough evidence, a 23-year-old man, who is a nephew to the victim, was arrested,” Manko said.
“Thereafter, we immediately used him to stage and arrest the leader of the kidnappers, a 37-year-old Nigerian, and thereafter, rescued the victim at their hideout in the Oyingbo area of Lagos.
“Investigations continue as we now have details of the remaining gang members who are at large,” he said.
According to the police commissioner, the prime suspect during interrogation, confessed that he organised the kidnap.
“The prime suspect duplicated the victim’s room key and gave it to the suspected kidnappers who quietly walked into her room in her residence at Ebute Meta at about 3:15 a.m. and kidnapped her,” Manko said.
He, however, added that the victim was in good health, while the prime suspect is still helping police investigations into the matter. [NAN]