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Confusion In Lagos Over Kidnap Of Army Colonel's Daughter

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The question left in the mouth of residents of Lagos State is how kidnappers could successfully abduct the daughter of a senior army official in the state which had been hitherto thought as a no-go area for kidnappers.

The Nigerian Army, Ojo Cantonment, was Wednesday thrown into confusion after the two-year-old daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel was  allegedly abducted by suspected kidnappers a day before. Twenty-four hours after the incident, the little girl has not been seen and the abductors have not contacted the family.

As a result of the incident, security at the cantonment has been beefed up with stern looking soldiers manning the major entrances to the place.

It has been learnt that this is the second of its kind within the cantonment in a month as another two-year-old daughter of a Major, who was forcefully taken away from her parents' home in the barracks four weeks ago, had not been found till this period.

A resident of the barrack explained that no one knows how the abductors were able to kidnap their target. "All we saw was blood stains, but we don't know exactly if it is the baby that was hurt or if it is one of the abductors.

"We are now living in fear, serious fear. We don't actually know if these kidnappers live within us or if they are even ritual killers. I wonder how they could have come from outside this cantonment and carried out their operation without being caught," the source explained.

Army Public Relations Officer at 81 Division, Lagos, Lt.-Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, confirmed the incident adding that some suspects have been arrested over the kidnap incident.