The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to rescue three students who were abducted from their boarding school by unknown gunmen on the Ikorodu outskirts of the state.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Bala Hassan, who said operatives of the Command are currently hunting for three teenage girls who were abducted from the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School by unknown gunmen on Monday evening said:
“They are preparing for exams and went to the classroom to read and revise. It was in the process that the hoodlums came armed with Ak47 and started shooting sporadically and took three of them.
“The security forces, jointly, are doing everything possible to ensure that the three children abducted are rescued in good health. We have also given assurance of adequate security on the premises so that learning will continue.
“I have got some lead information from the commissioner of police and everything is on course. The deployment has not changed and the Ogun State Command has been contacted to make sure that that place is fully secured.
“The important thing is to rescue them safely back to their parents. It may take a couple of day and it may even be today. We are still going to the offices to do one or two things that will facilitate the recovery of these children.
“For now, we want to keep the identities of the children to our chest and see what we can do today, tomorrow. I want to assure you that the security forces are on top of the situation.”
Kidnappings for ransom occasionally occur in the country’s commercial capital, but this is the first time a school in the city has been attacked by gunmen.
The school, linked to the Anglican Church, is reportedly one of the best and most expensive in Lagos state and is mostly attended by children of politicians and wealthy individuals.
However, some aggrieved parents have reportedly withdrawn their children from the school pending when security is improved.