Gunmen kidnapped two landlords in the Federal Capital Territory’s Asokoro extension area on Sunday.
The gunmen are demanding N20 million in ransom to free the victims.
The armed men brandished a gun at one of the area’s landlords, whom they used to gain access to a victim.
The other victim was on his way into his house when he was taken away by the armed men, according to a resident of the area who simply identified himself as James.
He said, “It happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Because of the heat, one of the landlords slept outside. They saw him and pointed a gun to his head. They asked him to take them to his house, and he showed them but they were not satisfied with the kind of house he lives in.
“There were other big houses next to his house. So, they went with him and asked him to knock on the gate of one of the houses. When he knocked, as a well-known neighbour, the gate was opened for him. That was how they accessed the man’s house and kidnapped him.
“The second landlord had issues with his car and came home with a motorcycle. He was about to enter his house when they attacked him and whisked him away.”
According to the source, the kidnappers approached the families and demanded N20 million to release the landlords.
He said, “Two hours after their operation, they called the two families to pay N10m each. One of the families pleaded to pay N2m and assured them that they would get it almost immediately, but they rejected and instead threatened to kill him if the N10m is not complete.”
As of the time of publication, the FCT Police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, could not be reached for comment.
Mohammed Seidu, the Asokoro Commander of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, confirmed the incident to PUNCH correspondent, adding that efforts were underway with the police to rescue the victims.
“Policemen attached to the Asokoro Police Station are aware of the matter. We have been combing the nearby bushes to see if we can rescue them,” he said.