Model College kidnap: Ashafa charges Lagosians to be vigilant

Senator Gbenga Ashafa

Senator Gbenga Ashafa

Jamiu Yisa

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Olugbenga Ashafa has charged Lagosians to be extremely vigilant in the face of rampant kidnapping in Lagos.

Ashafa was reacting to the kidnap of some students and teachers of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla on Thursday by some gunmen.

He also called on parents, teachers and residents of Igbonla in Epe, to remain calm, assuring them that the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode would stop at nothing in ensuring the safe return of all the kidnapped victims.

Ashafa, in a statement on Friday said the perpetrators would also be apprehended and brought to book.

“Our hearts and prayers remain with the kidnapped staff and students of Government Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on Thursday morning. I can only imagine how distraught the parents of this students and all the loved ones of the staff who have gone to learn and teach must be at the moment.

“However, I urge the parents, teachers and residents of the community to remain calm and be rest assured that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode together with all the security apparatus available will stop at nothing to ensure the safe return of all the victims of this heinous crime. The perpetrators will also be apprehended and brought to book,” he said.

He called on all and sundry to remain conscious of their environment and ready to offer security agencies all relevant information that could assist in locating the kidnapped teachers and students.

“Everybody in the vicinity must cooperate with all security agencies by reporting all suspicious persons and movements to the security outfits now on ground.

“On my part in the Upper Chamber, only yesterday, 5th October, 2016 I supported the Bill for an Act to provide for Punishment of the Offences of Abduction, Wrongful Restraints and Wrongful Confinement for Ransom and other related offences. This Bill prescribes stiffer punishments for Kidnappers and imprisonment for up to 30 Years for recipients of any proceeds therefrom.

“While my representatives from our Constituency office will pay an on the spot assessment to the school immediately to enable us further ascertain how we can be of help, I urge all my constituents in the Epe division to remain security conscious and to note that our communal security is our collective responsibility,” he said.