By Ifeanyi Okolie

A businessman, Elias Ukachukwu, who was kidnapped last November by unknown gunmen in Festac area of Lagos State, has been released after the balance of the $2 million demanded as ransom was allegedly paid.

Meanwhile, a businessman, said to be the owner of a popular hotel in Satellite area of Lagos State, was last week abducted by unknown gunmen.

It was gathered that Ukachukwu’s kidnappers demanded an additional $1 million from his family after receiving an initial $1 million.

The kidnappers were said to have complained that the relatives of Ukachukwu were rude to them.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed Ukachukwu’s release to Vanguard, said he was released last Wednesday. She did not confirm if ransom was paid before his release.

Residents of Festac Town and environ in Amuwo Odofin Area of Lagos State are currently living in fear, following the increasing spate of kidnappings within the area.

This is not unconnected with the report that no fewer than three successful businessmen had been kidnapped by gunmen in recent times in separate locations within the council area.


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