Lagos promises speedy rescue of kidnapped students

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State Government has assured parents of prompt rescue of the six kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe.

This assurance came from the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs- Mr Muslim Folami when he received parents of the children who came to the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Mr Folami said security operatives were working round the clock especially in the area of intelligence gathering in order to ensure safe return of the students.

According to the Commissioner, the perceived silence on the part of government is not a sign of lack of concern but because it is a security matter that must be carefully handled.

“I am here on behalf of the Governor, I want to assure you that those children will be rescued by the grace of Allah,” Mr Folami stressed.

The Governor’s representative said as a testament to the fact that government was not folding its arms, “two of the suspected kidnappers have been arrested in Ondo State.”

Mr Folami hinted that government was not happy with the development which he described as “unfortunate and embarrassing.”

One of the parents- Mr Dapo Adesega said the parents were at the Government House to appeal for expedited action that would ensure quick and safe return of the children.

Mr Adesega said the kidnappers had been reaching out to the parents and had been making demands for ransom which they (parents) could not afford.

“We have not come here with placards, we have not come with anything, we have only come to appeal to the government to please scale up efforts in this regard,” he reiterated.

Critically ill students

Adesega who is the father of Pelumi Philips (one of the kidnapped students), said the kidnappers had just told the parents that four of the students were critically ill.

“They told us that four of them were sick and that they were running out of drugs; they said they would rather to talk to the government and not to us,” he added.

Another parent- Mr Rahman Marouf, said the threats they kept receiving from the kidnappers’ camp forced them to come to the government.

“My son Isiaka Marouf is among the victims of this dastardly act, he is in SS2 (Senior Secondary School Two), the school Principal also had his son kidnapped in the event which took place on the 24th of last month, it’s now two weeks and we are worried, based on the feelers we are getting,” he noted.

Special Police Team

As soon as the incident was reported, a Special Intelligence Response Team was deployed by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to rescue the students and apprehend the kidnappers.

This has led to the arrest of two suspects.