A manager with a transport firm, Godday Haulage Investment Limited at Apapa, Lagos State, western Nigeria, Mr. Tochukwu Onwuantudo, 26, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Fatai Owoseni to direct the police at Agboju Division, Mile 2, Lagos to help him retrieve his seized truck from a man who claimed to be a chief security officer at Osunba Estate
Onwuantudo alleged that the security officer ordered at least seven thugs to attack him with guns and other weapons and inflicted injuries on him with the nozzle of their guns.
He pleaded that the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences unit should come to his aid and help him secure the release of his truck from the hoodlums.
He said the incident occurred last Thursday at Igboba Street, Off Alahun Street, Osunba Estate, Monkey Village, Mazamaza, Lagos when he sent his company driver to deliver a container to a customer in the area.
He said though he has reported the case to the police at Agboju Division in Mile 2, Lagos and one suspect was arrested, his truck is still being detained at the scene of the incident by the man who boasted that nobody can do anything to him because he has the license to kill.
Narrating his ordeal to P.M.NEWS at the scene of incident, Owauntudo said: “I sent my company driver, Ikechukwu Umeh with a truck with registration number MUS 797 XL to deliver a container to a customer in the area. About one hour later, the driver called me to say that on his way back the empty container he was carrying cut an electric cable on the street. I quickly raced to the scene to pay for the fixing of the wire. As we made to leave the scene, my driver told me that a resident in the area who claimed to be the chief security officer in the area seized his ignition key when the incident occurred.
“I politely approached the man to release my vehicle key, but the next thing the man did was to order about seven thugs to deal with me and they descended on me with their guns and shot in the air to scare residents away from rescuing me.
“They later dragged me into a drainage full of smelly water to lie inside amid torture. Residents on the street who could not bear the torture anymore forcefully rescued me from the hands of the man and his gangs and rushed me to the nearest hospital for treatment.
“The man later told me to go and report the case to anybody and that since he is the chief security officer in charge of Osunba Estate, Monkey Village, Mile 2, Lagos nobody can do anything to him. I am now appealing to the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command to assist me to recover my truck from this man and his gangs because with the seizure of the truck, my company is losing N150,000 every day.
“I am also appealing to the authorities concerned to arrest the man and his gangs and make them to face prosecution.”
When P.M.NEWS visited the operational base of the man and his alleged gang at No. 7, Igboba Street, Osunba Estate, Monkey Village, Mile 2, Lagos to see them for comments, the gate to the building was padlocked.
At Agboju Police Division, the DPO was said to have gone to the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, for a press briefing.
The impounded truck was seen parked on the street in the area.
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