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Lagos fire boss kidnap: Fear grips family, co-workers 48hrs after

….Abductors yet to establish contact

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo

LAGOS—fear,  yesterday, gripped family members  of the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau, and six others who were abducted by gunmen last Saturday.

When Vanguard visited the secretariat of the Lagos Fire Service in Alausa, firemen were seen expressing concern over the matter.

It was learned that they were yet to establish contact with the abductors 48 hours after his kidnap at Iwoye bridge end of the Itoikin-Epe road.

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It was gathered that the abductors whisked their victims away from the scene through the waterways behind the ADC plane crash cenotaph.

When Vanguard visited the home of the fire boss, yesterday, the family wore gloomy faces, standing in groups, discussing reasons that could have warranted Rasaki’s abduction on Saturday.

Also, the family shielded the wife of the fire boss, Yemisi, from the public, in a bid to prevent unnecessary visits.

Sources said that the wife had been worried that her husband, who left home on Saturday with the assurance to return home, has been denied access by his family by the abductors.

It was gathered that family members have begun to organise prayer sessions for the safe return of the breadwinner.

Kidnappers yet to establish contact

A source close to the family disclosed to Vanguard that their concern was the abductors’ decision not to contact the family or relatives, to ascertain his whereabouts.

The source said that the family had ensured that their phone lines were available in anticipation that the abductors will contact them and explain reasons for their action and possible release.

Police boss under pressure to secure release

Vanguard gathered that the Lagos State Government has mounted pressure on the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, to ensure immediate rescue of the fire boss.

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Sources close to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police had been in frequent contact with him to update him on progress made since their abduction two days ago.

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When Vanguard contacted the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, disclosed that the State government is relying solely on the Commissioner of Police to ensure prompt rescue of the fire service boss and other abductees.

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