Saturday, September 26, 2015

$1 Million Or Death: Kidnappers of Cometstar chairman, Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji, insist on N220m ransom Or Death

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Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji
Two weeks after the abduction of the Chairman of Cometstar Manufacturing Company, Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji by unknown gunmen in front of his residence at 7th Avenue in Festac town, Lagos, his abductors have insisted on collecting $1million or he dies. The minimum the naira equivalent of their demand will cost the victim’s family is N220mil­lion.

His abductors were said to have laid an ambush at 72nd junction along 7th Avenue at a bad portion of the road close to Uduji’s residence. As soon as he was sighted, the gunmen deliberately hit his.......
car as in an accident scenario, which forced the driver to stop to ascertain the extent of damage. In the process, the gunmen opened fire, shot the driver and drove off with Chief Uduji to an unknown des­tination.

According to Saturday Sun, Sir Uduji's abductors have since demanded the sum of one million dollars ($1M) as ransom.
It was also learnt that the family has been able to cough out and handed over N100million cash to the abductors but they insist that the balance of N120million must be paid. They are said to have suggested that Chief Uduji should send one his family members to come and take his place in captivity and he will be released so that he would go and source for the balance.
All efforts to get the family’s reaction to the develop­ment failed as they were strictly warned by the kidnappers not to speak with the police or the media over the matter.
Investigation shows that unlike previous cases of kid­napping in Lagos, the group of notorious kidnappers have held sway in Lagos for years, especially in the Festac area of the state. Their modus operandi is to investigate and pick up individuals who can afford to pay huge ransom, ranging from N50million and above. They normally confront their victims with details of his worth and why he or she should be able to pay the sum or be killed.

On efforts so far, the Lagos state police command spokes­man DSP Joe Offor said that investigation is still ongoing to ensure the safe return of Chief Uduji.

Culled - SaturdaySun

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