Police, vigilante foil kidnap attempt on NUPENG chairman



17 July 2016, Lagos – The combined effort of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the Ikorodu Police Division of the Lagos State Police Command and some local vigilante members at the Ikorodu area of the state this night foiled a kidnap attempt made on the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Chairman of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers.

The kidnap gang had targeted the NUPENG Chairman, Rasaq Alabi, and would have successfully whisked him away to unknown parts but for the quick
response of the police team led by the RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The operatives while responding to the sounds of sporadic gunshots at Agbede at the Owutu and Agric Area of Ikorodu, about 11.30pm on Saturday had run into the gang and deflected their attack.

Speaking on anonymity, a senior police officer who spoke to THISDAY said, “We were alerted about some sporadic shooting at Ikorodu. Our men were deployed there and discovered that it was a kidnap attempt.

“The target was the NUPENG PTD Chairman, Rasaq Alabi. With the help of the local vigilante, we were able to repel the gang and foiled the kidnap attempt.”

When contacted, the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu said, “We arrived at the Agbede area of Owutu in Ikorodu with the Owutu divisional police officer and discovered the shooting was an attempt to kidnap NUPENG PTD Chairman, Rasaq Alabi.

“It was a quick response of the police and vigilante men that scuttled the kidnap attempt and the man escaped.

“We were also there to carry out the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni’s directive to secure and patrol all these crises areas of Ikorodu and it paid off as we were able to respond in record time.”


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