My kidnap ordeal, by Lagos LG boss



Joy erupted on Sunday at the residence of the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Development Area, Kehinde Bamigbetan, who rejoined his family at 11.00pm on Saturday after he was released by kidnappers. As relations, well-wishers and party faithful thronged his residence at Ona Iwa Mimo Street, off Ikotun Ejigbo Road, there were songs of praise and thanksgiving at a service the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the area organised .

There was Bible reading and prayers for the family, the local government, the state and the nation. Bamigbetan, overwhelmed with the level of love and affection the people demonstrated during his travail in the hands of the kidnappers, thanked the people for their support, especially through persistent prayers day and night, saying it was the prayers of the people that touched the heart of his abductors and changed their hostility towards him.

“I thank you all for the ceaseless prayers day and night. I felt your prayers even in captivity. “If not for God that touched their hearts, where would I have been now? I thank you all, I thank God for His faithfulness and care even in those terrible moments. “Can you imagine, the same people that tied my hands and legs and blindfolded me, God touched their hearts through your prayers and their hostility dissolved into love and care.

The same people untied me and started begging me to eat and even offered to wash my clothes for me. My people, prayers helped, for only God can save,” he said. Bamigbetan used the occasion to appeal to leaders in the country to imbibe one habit of ruling with fear of God. According to him, what happened had further taught him to keep serving the people with the fear of God. “Honestly, we should learn to rule with the fear of God. That should be our fundamental principle in governance.

“Those boys gave me vehicle with instruction to drive to a convenient point and drop it so that I could get to my house without any trouble. I thank God. I thank all of you. This incident further proved that we are one family. Whatever we do we would surely reap here, even before we go back to our maker. “I thank God for my parents that brought me to this world and for the kind of upbringing they gave me. “I thank all members of our party ACN, now APC for indeed we are one big family.

It is my prayer that God will use the new party to bring his light upon this nation and lift up those who will rule with fear and purpose to the position of authority,” he said. Earlier, in a brief chat, Bamigbetan explained how he was abducted, his ordeal and release from the kidnappers’ den. He said: “I was on my way home and I had gotten to my street already when they overtook my car. I decided to reverse but they came out and asked me to stop. I didn’t so they shot at the vehicle.

“I reversed until I hit a pole and I was stuck there. I came out and they asked why I was running and I said I was afraid. They asked me to go into their vehicle and they drove for four hours and we got to a place and they blindfolded me. “They took me in and asked me to lie on the floor and then they started going through my records because I had my bag with documents with me and they discovered that I was the chairman of a local government and it was at that point that they started agitating.”

“They said they were graduates and this country had not provided jobs for them and the same country that had rendered them unemployable spent billions of naira everyday on wasteful projects. “On whether he was assaulted, Bamigbetan said there was an altercation when he tried to explain to them that not all politicians were bad. “I tried as much as possible to show them that I did massive social constructive programmes for my constituency but they did not believe me.

On the 1million dollars ransom, he said, “I told them I didn’t have that kind of money on me, they later reduced the amount to N50million but I still insisted that I didn’t have that kind of money. “When the ransom was reduced to N15million, I told them that I had a friend that might be able to raise that amount for me. I gave them the friend’s number and when the amount was agreed on, they went on to demand for an additional N10million but I insisted that my friend couldn’t afford it.

“Later, to confirm my antecedents, they sent some of their members to my LCDA to liaise with my workers to see if I was saying the truth about my character. They got there and met my workers praying for my safe return.” From that day of their investigation, the treatment changed. They tried to make me comfortable. It was then they said they wouldn’t kill me because I was a good man. “I don’t believe in that kind of security. I have no cause to beef up security. I put my faith in God and recite my Psalms. My release was miraculous.

“The police is overstretched as it is already and they cannot do everything. We need a situation where things are out in place and then the police won’t have much work to do. We churn out graduates everyday from universities and yet there is no job for them. Just in my LCDA we were only able to employ about 125 of them out of the over 700 graduates that applied. “When you multiply that figure by the number of LCDA’s in Lagos, it will give you a clearer picture of how many people are unemployed and that is why we are asking the Federal Government to give more money to the governor because it is a special state and this is where everybody comes to earn a living.

“This is beyond the capacity of the state government and they are trying to cope with the challenges but as long as the Federal Government continues to play the ostrich, we will continue to miss it, thereby creating more problems.” Meanwhile, a police source has confided in Daily Sun that one of the suspects in the abduction of the local government boss died while trying to escape from the operatives of the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who traced him to an hotel in Agboju area.

The police were able to track one of the suspects to a hotel and as soon as he realised that the police were at the door, he ran to the balcony and jumped. Shortly, before he died, he was asked where the Ejigbo boss was kept and he said Agbara before he gave up the ghost,” the source said.

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  1. I can say; welcome back to Freedom State. I always feel bad & weep for my Country, which is richly blessed with assorted natural and human resources, but our greedy and insatiable leaders have denied majority of Nigerians access to partake in these blessings. This act of kidnapping is 100% inhuman, barbaric and cannot be supported by any normal human being. But these evil & deadly acts can also be reduced to its minimum degree, if we have honest leaders, and not corrupt ones. Kidnapping, armed robbery etc, are all devilish and no matter how many thousands, millions, billions or even trillion u might make from it, one this not negotiable, and that is: u can never enjoy this wealth. U most live in fear all ur life, and if u don’t change/repent and die in it, the non-negotiable eternal punishment is ur sole-portion. No remedy! So, may we seek the hand of God in all our doings, and God will not fail to perfect all and fill us with unending peace of mind and body. God help Nigeria!

  2. Is it only Federal Government that will create job?

    What has the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Development Area, Kehinde Bamigbetan done with all the monthly allocations and internally generated revenue.

    Most Nigeria erroneously look on Federal for everything without asking the States and local government how they spend their own revenues.


  4. @ Princewill. Thank God for his safe return. As far as i am concerned, there is no justification for robbery/kidnap. lack of job or unemployment is not an excuse, those who are criminal minded will also show it no matter what. Have u not heard about bankers who are well paid but they still give information to robbers to attack their customers???

  5. Justified or not, the state of crimes in 9ja cannot change unless the youths are kept busy. The youths are jobless not becos the’re unemployable but becos there are no jobs. 700 applicants and only 125 spaces, that only breeds desperate situation cos exactly what happens in both private and government owned institutions

  6. Please give our youths jobs and reduce the securities in our country please.

    Hi kidnappers or perspective kidnappers, kidnap politicians and get your pound of flash from them; they have rendered you jobless after suffering @ schools, you also need jobs to care for your aged (or ageing) parents. You need to marry & have a future.
    The politician’s children are driving in cars that in your whole life, you’ll keep admiring. Kidnap them but don’t kill them. May the soul of one of kidnappers rest in peace. Please kidnap the president’s, governor’s, senator’s, in fact law maker’s children, parents & wives (don’t rape them) and get your own share of the national cake.

  7. Bros, welcome back and Thank God for ur life but u never tell us whether the 15m was paid or not.
    Anyway, U must continue to work hard and improve the life of ur constituency.
    We rejoice with u.

  8. Everyone should fashion out a away of keeping his or herself busy to make ends meet. Must government employ every citizen? The answer is no! The good of it all is this message from the LG Chairman that all Nigeria leaders must deliver good governance .
    Our people should train themselves with vocational jobs, while government will ensure to give Nigerians power/electricity that’s what we need mostly in the country to boast self reliance.
    In all the world strongest economy today , it is the private sectors that provides employment than govt. what the government will reciprocate in conjunction to this is to provide enabling infrastructure , good use of public funds so as to sustain those infrastructure in place. But where corruption reigns supreme, so many things must go along with it.
    People should stop giving unemployment as excuse to perpetuate evil(s) in the society .
    Most of them claiming to be unemployed graduates do not have required CV,S to obtain jobs even to an extent that most parents are not aware of this. Some of them are laurel holders in cultism , some even stole others certificate and are still afraid to tender such to Govt parastatals or privately owned establishment . For the reason that most of them can speak English fluently doesn,t suggest fully that they can construct vacancy letters or appear to defend their subjects effectively at interviews.

    • @Owerri my outlaw, did I read you right? I have to say you have written a fine piece, a far cry from your usual garbage.

    • Those rats i saw police paraded to have kidnapped the mother of Ngozi Okonji Iwuala do they look like graduates? They were just like native doctors. Many people commit crime and blame the government. The unemployment did not start today. Even when the job is available those in authority favour their relatives who are not even qualfiied.

      Nigerian problem is complex and complicated. Everybody seems to blame Jonathan, but we are dangerous than Jonathan.

  9. Francis Nwosu on

    I thank God that you have indeed resurrected from the kidnappers’ den to good governance. May you at this point in time drum it into the ears of your political colleagues that it is only good governance coupled with the fear of God that can keep the men happy and busy, devoid of any intention to commit crime.

  10. peter omelazu on

    While we thank God and rejoice with you for your safe release.However, we beg to disagree that apc is the solution as claimed.May be in some way ,they may end the boko haram insurgency if Buhari comes to power in the land of Utopia.since his loss in the election triggered off the insurgency.But,them how would apc led government deal with niger delta time bomb which is waiting in the wing amongst others.Only time will tell.

  11. Onuoha success on

    Hahaha, so finaly kidnaping don start in lagos haha e go hot 4 una body, na new development e go b hot buzns 4 lag

  12. You think its funny, don’t you. It’s been imported now and brought in from Igbo land. the social illness. The accursed tribe. We will soon find out that those involved are Yoruba and Igbo’s.
    they will soon be arraigned for the nations attention.

  13. Molokwu Cindy on

    when i hear from people that they are graduates without job,or when criminals give the same reason to commit evil,i wonder what that cert is doing in their locker.A graduate should come out from the university with something in his/her skull.skill acquisition and not criminality should be paramount in their search for academic excellence.I am a product of an institute and as a CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL,I THANK GOD FOR HIS MERCY, as i don`t depend on dictates of the employment market.For those kidnappers,no peace, AMEN.

  14. Sanni, Michael Rotimi on

    Kidnapping in Nigeria is a sofisticated, complex and well organised crime. Bamigbetan is one of the few victims to confess payment of ransome. Others lied. But what happens after the release? Bamigbetan still knows the kidnappers, their hideout and everything. Can the police now take over? No as investigations will reveal that the kidnappers are mere foot soldiers\agents of some powerful kingpins.

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