Fresh reports reaching E247mag.com have it that the Lagos State Fire Service Director, Rasaki Musibau, and about nine others have been whisked away by kidnappers along the Epe-Itokin road, Ikorodu.
It was gathered that they were on their way into the Lagos from Epe when the incident happened.
The kidnappers were said to have blocked the Itokin bridge, ambushing occupants of a Sienna, Corolla and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
In another incident, residents alleged occupants of an interstate bus were also kidnapped after the vehicle dropped off some passengers along the road.
“It happened on Saturday evening. It was around 7pm. It was on one of these instate buses that ply that route. The bus stopped to drop off passengers and some people entered.
“But unknown to the driver and passengers, those who entered the bus were kidnappers and they took them to unknown destination.
“It was a separate incident from that of the fire service director. The man and some others were coming from Epe to Lagos when the kidnappers ambushed them and took them away. This area is gradually turning to something else.
“We are worried because we know how bad it was then when farmers and their employees were being kidnapped daily. These boys are gradually starting again.
“We are calling on the authorities to act fast before it is too late,” said the source.
However, men of the Nigeria Police Force claimed that no commercial bus was involved, adding the total number of those affected were seven occupants of a Toyota Sienna, Corolla and an Opel SUV.
Residents of the area have expressed worry at the spate of kidnappings in the area recently.
The Lagos state Police spokesman Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Bala Elkana revealed that seven person were abducted from three vehicles during the incident.
Elkana said: “They are seven persons not nine. They were not in a bus. We are just coming from the scene now. The Commissioner of Police Zubairu Muazu visited the scene.
“They were in three different vehicles, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel jeep.
“We searched and saw some items belonging to the victims, one of them is the Lagos Fire Service Director.
“Investigation has commenced into this incident. The CP has also deployed Special Forces and tasked them to rescue the victims, arrest the perpetrators. Effort is ongoing.”