Captives were taken away in speed boat, say police

HOUSE of Representatives yesterday mandated the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to ensure the swift release of two school principals of the Lagos State Model College and their students that were kidnapped at the school’s ground in Epe, Lagos State. The lawmakers described the incident as callous and grossly inhuman and called for intensified efforts to apprehend the perpetrators. The resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance moved by Hon. Wale Raji (APC, Lagos). Leading the debate, Raji explained that in the early hours of yesterday, the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla-Épe, Lagos, was attacked by gunmen during the morning assembly of the junior and senior school. The lawmaker expressed worry that during the incident, the principal of the Junior
Secondary School, Mr. Oyesola and his counterpart in the Senior Secondary School, Mr. Akinrinmade were kidnapped alongside yet-to-be determined number of students of the school. He said the unfortunate incident was a setback to the expansion of access to education and determination of parents to ensure their wards get basic education. In its resolution, the House, therefore, urged the police and other security agencies to step up strict surveillance in Épe and all schools in the state to avoid similar occurrence or any breach of security in the future. Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command has revealed that the principal of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, and the four students of the school who were abducted on Thursday morning were taken away on speed boat. Fatai Owoseni, Commissioner of Plice in the state, disclosed this while confirming the incident. He said two of the students had been rescued and that rescue operation was ongoing.
“We received an unfortunate information this morning that four students and vice principal of Model College, Epe, were kidnapped at about 8am,” he said. “The kidnappers went away with them in their speed boat. As soon as we got the information, crack detectives were sent there. We have been able to recover two of the students. “The vice principal and two students are still with the kidnappers. Our men have begun searching for them. We are collaborating with the Navy to search the creeks and the waters. “By the Grace of God, they will be rescued soon.” He also disclosed that about 1,500 police operatives had been deployed to 164 locations regarded as flash points in the state. He said the deployment was to ensure adequate security for the people of the state during the forthcoming yuletide and after. “These flash points will be policed on a 24-hour basis, starting from now on,” he said. “Members of the public are to assist in giving timely information about any suspect.” Abducted ex-minister, husband regains freedom after alleged paying of N10m ransom In a related but different development, former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurencia Patricia Mallam and her husband, Mr. Pius, who were kidnapped last Tuesday, have regained their freedom. A source close to the family was alleged to have said that the duo paid the sum of N10 million as ransom before they were released. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman said they were not aware whether a ransom was paid but what is paramount to them is the welfare of the former minister and her husband. He confirmed that the duo had since reunited with their family. However, the ex-minister and her husband were said to have been released last Wednesday night.

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