Police promise speedy rescue of kidnapped Lagos students

By Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Police in Lagos State have promised quick rescue of the four kidnapped students and two teachers of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni who made the promise told the parents and families of the victims that the rescue operation already launched would be the shortest in the history of the Command.

Strong hope
While Soliciting for the support of the parents, Mr Owoseni said that Security agencies were already in custody of useful leads and there was a strong hope of rescuing the victims.

“All I just want to say for now is that you have to work with us. What we also need from you is your prayers. We will seek your understanding and for now, I will not reveal much because as we speak, there are agents of the kidnappers here and they will reveal whatever we say here to them.

“We have a government in Lagos State that is ready to go all out and I can assure you that this will be the shortest rescue operation that we will carry out, we will do everything we need to do to secure the release of the victims,” he explained.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule who visited the college, said that the government would work assiduously to ensure prompt rescue of the victims.

Dr Adebule condemned the act, pleading with the parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims.

She cautioned against panic, stressing that such would further compound the situation.

Lasting solution
“It is true that in the last 29 years that this school was established, we have never experienced such a thing like this, but now that it has happened and it is confronting us, we must come together to find a lasting solution to it. We, as government, parents, the school and security agencies, must remain united to solve this problem.
“It is God who secures, it is God who protect and even in other climes where you have everything, you still have this type of incursion once in a while, but what we should be talking about is how can we collectively solve this problem,” the Deputy Governor said.

Dr Adebule promised that the State Government would do anything humanly possible to ensure the rescue of the victims, stressing that a team of security operatives would stay back in the school, to secure the students and teachers.

She said that all security agencies including the Police, Air Force, Navy, the Army and others have been fully mobilised to rescue the victims, just as she expressed confidence in the success of the ongoing rescue operation.

Suspected militants numbering about seven had invaded the school premises at about 8am (local time) when students were having a special session at the hall and shut sporadically into the air before kidnapping the victims, which included the vice Principal and a head teacher.

Mercy Chukwudiebere