A large number of residents of White Sand Estate in Ikotun/Igando Local Government Area, Lagos have fled the community following invasion of kidnappers in the area.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the invasion has become a regular phenomenon that kidnappers always have a field day on a daily basis and have so far kidnapped five people, living a threat that they will kidnap at least 150 residents.
As a result, scores of residents stormed the Lagos State Governors office, and House of Assembly Complex in Alausa, with messages of ‘Save Our Soul’ to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State.
They displayed placards such as; “ Sambisa Forest in White Sand Estate; Governor Ambode, Save Our Soul; Say No to Kidnapping; Isheri People are No longer safe ; Deliver us from criminals; Another Sambisa Forest in Lagos”, among others.
The group under the auspices of Viable Community Development Association, said they emerged second best community in Lagos during the 2016 community day celebration in Ikeja, Lagos. In a protest letter signed by Chairman of the Community Development Association, Prince Adeniyi Olufemi , the group said that in the last t two weeks, kidnappers have laid siege in the community, abducting landlords and at the end of the day requested for ransom from the victims.
“The community has been deserted because people flee every day. The said bad boys usually come between 6:30-7:30pm with sophisticated weapons, shooting sporadically”, they said.
They however appealed to the governor to come to their aid, adding that “As at today, a total number of 5 people have been kidnapped. These kidnappers promised to take away more 150 people”, they said. According to them, the first incident took place December 2, 2016 when a woman was kidnapped and the second strike happened on December 5th, 2016, where two men were kidnapped. The third strike happened on December 13th, 2016 where two men were kidnapped”, they said.