The kidnap incident which occurred at the Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos, which saw the abduction of four students, a teacher and the school principal has caused parents of other students in the school to storm the premises in confusion to take their kids away.
However, they were prevented from doing so by security operatives stationed at the school following the abduction of the victims.
According to a JJS 1 student who identified himself as Saheed, the kidnappers struck while students were still at the assembly and they came through the waterways.
“We usually do our assembly in a hall. The senior school in the second hall had already dispersed. We were saying the closing prayer when we saw the gunmen. They wore red and blue vests. They shot into the air.
“Some of us ran inside the bush. The abductors were six persons. They began to shout ‘move, move, move’ as they led our vice-principal, teacher and the four pupils away.” Saheed said.
A parent of one of the abducted pupils identified as Mr. Oluwafemi Adebisi, said he was hopeful that the kidnappers would release his son unharmed.
“Tuesday was my first day in the school. I brought my son on that day when they resumed from the public holiday. The abductors came and disrupted the assembly. Their teachers called the attendance list after the abductors left and he was nowhere to be found. None of the pupils clearly saw him leaving with them because of the tension. The school authorities have met us and assured that they would find the children. I believe God that my son will be found because he is a promised child.”
According to Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the police force are doing everything to ensure that the victims were rescued.
“The police recorded a case of abduction in the school. The vice-principal, a teacher, and six pupils were taken away by gunmen who came in a speedboat.
“The police mobilised to the area and were able to rescue two of the pupils. The rescue mission is ongoing. The Marine Police, helicopters, the navy, and the Department of State Services are all involved in the operation.” The Commissioner of Police said.
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