Kidnappers of 4 victims at Heritage Estate in Lekki, Lagos State on Saturday 17 September 2016 were Niger Delta militants agitating over the marginalization of the region by the Nigerian government, one of the abductees said.
“They said they were freedom fighters, they were in a struggle and their struggle is to empower or emancipate the Niger Delta people. If the government does not listen to them, they are going to ultimately separate the Niger Delta from Nigeria.
“For now, what they want is proper development of their region, and they want to cause terror anywhere ‘their pipe’ goes to.
“Their major objective in Lagos is to kidnap senior politicians or ‘big men’. We were not big men so we were like the wrong target at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The four men – 3 landlords in the estate and one trainer coach – were apprehended when they were jogging down a street and taken away by the assailants who were clad in military uniform. The victims regained their freedom Thursday, after a ransom of 20m naira was paid.