Newspaper Reporter Escapes Abduction

Mr. Eniola Daniel
Reporter, The Guardian

On June 7, 2022, Eniola Daniel, a reporter with the privately-owned daily, The Guardian newspaper, escaped being kidnapped after he closed from work and was returning home.

Relating his experience, Eniola said after he closed from work he stepped out of the office and was waiting for a commercial bus to convey him to his bus stop.

He said a few minutes later, at about 11.30pm a white mini-bus popularly known as “Korope” approached and he waved it down.

He said he boarded the mini bus after the driver confirmed he was going his way. He joined three other men who were already in the bus

The reporter said the driver zoomed off but at Toyota Bus Stop, diverted to Oshodi instead of going through airport road.

Eniola said he questioned why the driver was taking him to Oshodi when he told him he was going to airport road but the driver told the journalist that Oshodi was better. He said sensing danger, he opened the door and asked the driver to stop but he refused. Speaking further, he said while he tried to open the door of the bus to jump out, a member of the gang struggled with him to close it.

He said he was lucky to be able to finally open the door and jump down. He said, fortunately, some vehicles were coming so, after he jumped down, the mini bus drove away.

 Eniola sustained different degree of injuries in his hands and legs.

Eniola is in court having filed a N50 million suit against the Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Shola Jejeloye; the Lagos State Government and Police authorities for the brutal assault unleashed on him by policemen of the taskforce.