The Deputy Inspector-General of Police Joshak Habila on Friday said the students kidnapped by gunmen in Lagos would be rescued within few days.
Habila gave the assurance during the closing of one-month training for police anti-bomb squad in Lagos State.
He said all other kidnap victims had been rescued before now, stressing that the students’ abduction, the second in the same school, will not be different from others.
“In the next few days, you will hear good news about the students. The security of people is not only by the police but by all. We have put machinery in place to rescue them”, Habila assured.
Six students of Senior Secondary School of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Epe, were kidnapped early Thursday.
The kidnappers involved in Thursday’s operation according to police were suspected to be members of a militant kidnap gang that had carried out several kidnappings, armed robbery and the killings of security agents in Lagos and Ogun state.
The students, all boys, were taken from their hostel and led out through the bush path to the abductors’ waiting boats.
Four of the abducted students are in Senior Secondary School 1 while two are in SSS2.
NAN recalls that four students and two staff members of the school were abducted in October 2016.
meanwhile, Abductors of the Igbonla Model School, Igbonla near Epe in Lagos actually wrote to the management of the school before storming the school premises yesterday May 25th. According to accounts given by some teachers of the school, the abductors sent a letter to the school three days earlier to inform them of plans to storm the school.
The management of the school then informed the police and some policemen were drafted to the school to keep guard.
However the abductors were still able to storm the school and kidnap students with little or no resistance. The Lagos state police command says it is on the trail of the abductors and that the abducted students would be rescued while the suspects would be apprehended.