Kidnapping: Editor Narrates Experience in Lagos

Ronke Kehinde, the former Journalist, at Nigeria Compass Newspaper; described her ordeal  after a narrow escape from suspected kidnappers, who waylaid her on Wednesday, in Ikeja, Lagos.
Drugged and driving almost unconsciously through Ikeja, with three assailants on her trail, Mrs Kehinde, the wife of publisher, Dipo Kehinde, got off the hook in what she described as a miraculous escape. According to her testimony in a church on Sunday
She was on she way home from the Computer village, Ikeja; driving towards the bridge, near Ikeja General Hospital. There was a holdup due to the traffic light under the bridge. Then, a lady appeared from the blues with flyers in her hand. She was by the passenger’s window, but her hands were already inside her car, pointing the flyer to her car.
She said, “You can buy landed properties by paying in installment.” I wasn’t actually interested but because I wanted her to go, so that I could drive. At this time the traffic light had turned green. I took the flyer from her and dropped it on the passenger seat beside me.
I took the roundabout turn, beside the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH); then I connected the flyover near Awolowo house. As I continued to drive, I was feeling so dizzy and uncomfortable. My face was peppery. As I was getting close to Guinness, I noticed a light brown car following me. There were three men in the car. Anytime they get to my side, in the traffic, they will all look at me intensely.
It was at this point I realized that it was a set up. Although I was uncomfortable, I was conscious of my environment.  While driving I stuck my head outside the window, so I could get fresh breeze, while I was getting choked. The said guys were expecting to see an unconscious woman or one who is struggling to remain conscious. After some minutes, they seized from following me and the lady that issued the flyer was a suspected agent.
On getting home, my husband tried to open the same flyer and the effect of whatever that was laced with was very powerful. His eyes became peppery. He wrapped the flyer in a cellophane bag. He said that he would like to get someone to do a forensic analysis of the substance on it.
She emphasized the reason for sharing her testimony, was to alert all motorists so as be security conscious and vigilant; as Kidnappers now use intelligent means to deceive their victims.


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