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Published On: Sat, Jul 20th, 2013

Briton Not Kidnapped in Airport Vicinity, Says FAAN, as Police Assures of Quick Release

Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer NGOZI BRAIDE

The Lagos State Police Command, on Friday, said it had begun investigation and operation aimed at securing the freedom of Lee Dixon, a British expatriate, who was abducted in Lagos earlier in the week.
Ngozi Braide, the Police spokes person, who confirmed the incident, said, “The incident happened two days ago (Wednesday), but we have commenced investigation (and) an operation to get him back.”
However, a statement on Friday by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, said the incident occurred about 8.30 pm on Thursday, at Mafoluku area, some distance from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

FAAN spokesperson, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said, “An expatriate, Lee Dixon, a Briton, who arrived on KLM from Armsterdam, was kidnapped around Mafoluku area at about 2030 hours (8.30 pm), 18/07/2013. His driver, Kojo Jacobs, an employee of Russell, an oil services company based in Lekki, was driving him in a black Kia Sportage registered MA 266 EKY, when they were accosted.
“The gunmen shot the driver and took away the expatriate; the driver is receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos.”
Earlier reports were sketchy, but it was confirmed that the two men were attacked after leaving the terminal of the Lagos airport and that the driver had survived after being shot by the gunmen.
It was not clear if the abductors had made any demand for ransom, but Braide promised to keep our correspondent informed on the issue.
Following earlier reports that the incident occurred around the airport, the Airport Police Command was quick to deny that the incident occurred within the airport, insisting that it was beyond their jurisdiction.
The Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Bayo Ajileye, told one of our correspondents on the telephone that he would have to refer him to the state police command because nothing like that happened within the airport.

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