Kidnappers have invaded a Lagos school with three speedboats and abducted four students, the vice principal and a teacher.
The armed criminals allegedly stormed Lagos State Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe Local Government Area on Thursday morning and kidnapped the victims.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the incident, said two of the students had been found in the bush. He did not disclose whether they were abandoned or rescued by the police or vigilantes in the area.
Yesterday’s kidnap came barely six months after a similar incident occurred at Babington Macaulay Anglican School, Ikorodu, Lagos where three female students were abducted.
They were later rescued by a combined team of the Police, Nigerian Navy and State Security Service (SSS) operatives who also arrested the suspects.
In the Igbo Nla school invasion, the assailants stormed the premises at about 8 am on Thursday and shot their way into the compound where they kidnapped the victims.
A police source told our reporter that the kidnappers came in three speed boats painted in green colours and fled through Ogun lagoon after the incident
An eyewitness claimed that there was no police presence in the school at the time of the incident but alleged that distress calls were made to the nearest police station
Owoseni said he got wind of the matter at about 8 am.
He said: “At about 8am yesterday, we learnt that kidnappers in speedboats stormed Lagos Model School, Igbo Nla and abducted four pupils, a teacher and the vice principal of the college but two of the students were later recovered in the bush.”
The police chief said that Marine Police and other sister agencies including the Navy, the Department of State Security (DSS) have swung into action to ensure the arrest of the suspects.
As at 4pm yesterday, the state police command’s special anti-robbery squad, the marine police and other security outfits were still combing the state to fish out the kidnappers.
Owoseni, who later briefed journalists at the state police headquarters, insisted that two of the students had regained freedom.
Owoseni said: “All hands are on deck to make sure that the victims are rescued and the criminals apprehended in good time and with the crop of personnel involved in the operation, it is impossible for the kidnappers to escape; Police spokesperson in Lagos, Bisi Kolawole, told the journalists that two of the students had been rescued.
“We’re still on their trail to rescue the others who include the vice principal, a teacher and two students,” Kolawole, an assistant commissioner of police, said.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has called on the security agencies in the country to intensify rescue efforts for students and teachers kidnapped in Lagos.
The House order followed a motion moved by Wale Raji, a lawmaker from the state, under matters of urgent national importance.
Raji explained how the kidnappers attacked the school and abducted the victims when they were observing the morning prayers on the assembly.
The lawmaker said he was told about the development shortly after the House resumed plenary on Thursday and was compelled to bring it to the attention of his colleague and, by extension, the country.