• 3 kidnapped, released
By Christopher Oji
Imoshi community in Agbara, Ogun State has sent Save-Our-Souls (SOS) message to President Muhammadu Buhari over militants’ attacks.
It appealed to the President to urgently deploy Navy and Marine Police to provide security on the waterways which had become easy access route for the hoodlums to launch attacks on the community.
The residents who stormed the corporate office of The Sun in Apapa, Lagos, urged the President to declare a state of emergency on the Agbara-Ibeshi waterways.
Spokesman for the community, Joshua Imole, said: “We (residents) are leaving Imoshi daily. I have relocated my family since two weeks ago. We are being kidnapped daily The shortest source of transportation from Agbara to Imoshi is through waterways.
“Militants have started kidnapping our people, demanding for ransom. They chase us in their speedboats and hijack our boats. They select passengers they believe would part with money. The spot they normally wait for their victims is between Adesina and vulcanizer bus-stops.
“The militants carry guns and wear swimming trunks. They look weird and operate in speedboats. Initially, they started with robberies. Last week, three persons ,two men and a lady were kidnapped. We paid N300,000 before the victims were released. The kidnapped victims are still in the hospital .
“Life is now too hard for us as we are afraid to go out for our daily businesses and that is why people are relocating to other places, because, no one knows who will be the next victim. We are calling on the federal and state governments to intervene immediately,” he sad.
For two weeks now, militants have been sacking Ogun communities and parts of Ikorodu in Lagos, killing scores of people.