Kidnappers shoot bizman after collecting N30m ransom


Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta
The Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali addressing policemen in Ijebu Ode PHOTO: Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta.
An Abeokuta-based oil magnate, Mr Akeem Lawal, 36, was kidnapped and shot after the kidnappers were paid N30 million as ransom.
The incident happened while he was on his way to his home after the day’s business.
The Ayetoro-born Lawal, who owns Alak Vision Filling Station in Abeokuta North local government area of the state, was reported to have been abducted by a four-man gang of kidnappers around 6:30 pm a few days to his trip to Saudi Arabia for the hajj exercise.
He was among the intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj as he had completed all arrangements and was shortlisted among those to leave the state on 11th September before he was abducted.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that he spent three days in the hands of his abductors.
It was further gathered that his abandoned SUV was seen along Ilaro road the night he was abducted.
Furthermore, it was gathered that he was beaten blue black and later shot by his abductors.
A very close friend of the man told our correspondent that a ransom was paid before he could be released.
“I can confirm to you that Alak was kidnapped on his way home on the 9th of this month and he was released the third day.
“We parted with some amount of money before he could be released to us. The kidnappers earlier demanded N150 million but after much pleading, we paid them N30 million before he could be released.
“While revealing his experience in the hands of his captors to us, he said he was seriously beaten and was taken round the bush for no just cause.
“God is in total control. He has never been to hajj and he has been preparing for this exercise. He had done everything …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper