Abductors of Fouani officials demand $1.5m ransom

Abductors of the Managing Director of Fouani Company, Mohamed Fouani, distributors of LG and Hisense electronic and electrical products, and others on Lagos waterway, have reportedly contacted the company and family, demanding $1.5 million as ransom, according to unconfirmed reports quoted this Sunday morning by THISDAY.

Fouani and three other persons of Lebanese descent, were kidnapped on Friday evening, June 14, 2024 around Falomo Bridge, Ikoyi, Lagos, while travelling from Apapa to Victoria Island by boat.

THISDAY said that when contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that the command was already aware of the incident.

“We got the report and we are looking into it,” he reportedly said, without giving details.

According to the paper, speaking anonymously, a senior police officer said the police were not ruling out any angle in their investigation – whether it was a targeted or random abduction.

He said: “At the moment, we have the basic facts but we are investigating. I wouldn’t want to divulge the facts at our disposal; so, we don’t jeopardise their safety.

“I also wouldn’t want to toe the line of a disgruntled employee or employees but be rest assured that we are not leaving any stone unturned.”

“Reacting on the alleged ransom asked by the kidnappers, he also insisted that while it’s advisable not to pay, most families are expectedly desperate to receive their loved ones safe and sound and would always oblige the perpetrators.

“Meanwhile, the Marine Police are said to have intensified patrol of the waterways following the report of the abduction.

“A marine police officer debunked claims that the waterways have been porous, especially at night.

“According to him, the backwaters and even up to the Fairway Bouy have not been left unprotected as both the Marine Police and even small patrol crafts of the Nigerian Navy routinely patrol that axis.

“He said: “This is why I said we are investigating whether it was a random abduction or it was planned because our waters are always patrolled.

““This is not the era of sea or river blindness anymore because the government at federal and state level have really equipped the relevant authorities in terms of infrastructure and even platforms for patrol of the waterways,” he added.”

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