By OKOSUN OKHUELEIGBE
Mrs. Oluwatoyin Nwosu, the wife of the Deputy Managing Director of Sun Newspaper, Mr. Steve Nwosu, was on the wee hours of Monday kidnapped by a seven-man armed gang at their Okota residence in Lagos.
National Daily gathered that the gang were heavily-armed and stormed the area at about 2am; robbed them of some valuables before abducting their victim and escaped.
Before gaining access into the compound, three of the criminals had scaled the very long fence, while four others were left outside the compound as a lookout.
Not done, they broke open the window and forcefully pushed the protector off the wall before gaining access into the room.
It was learnt that they ransacked the house, robbing the occupants of phones, laptops and other valuables, before the gang was took his wife away to an unknown destination.
A resident said that before they raided the Nwosus’, the gang had first stormed one of the houses on the street but could not succeed as the owner escaped before they set off to Nwosu’s house where they liquidated the house of valuables.
Having successfully raided the house and captured the woman, they were said to have taken the victim to the canal, where other gang members were waiting with speedboat operator and zoomed off.
Having had their victim under their grip, they were said to have shot indiscriminately into the air to scare the residents who had wanted to slug it out with them.
The husband, Nwosu narrating how the attack was staged said he tried to call the security man at the estate gate, but his numbers were switched off and as he was about to make further calls, the robbers gained entrance and surrendered them.
He said, “They were asking us where the money was but unfortunately, we had no money at home. God knows that if I had money, I would have given them.
“Robbers have been to my house last year and they were lucky because it happened a few hours after my wife’s birthday. So all the money and gifts people gave her was in the house and they took it. This time around, there was no money in the house but somehow they didn’t believe me.”
Nwosu added that the robbers have been making demands even though not limited to money. He refused to disclose monetary demands.
The case is being handled by the Okota Police Station as they have begun investigations into the robbery and kidnap.
Reacting, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said all machineries of the state have been deployed to find and rescue her alive, as well as arrest the masterminds behind the abduction.