Okokomaiko, Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, throwing the
entire community into confusion.
The three—two males and one female—were identified as Chibuzor Nwosu, Bayo Adeyemi and Barakat Saka.
According to Vanguard, Chibuzor Nwosu, male, was kidnapped on June 24;
Miss Barakat Saka, female, four-year-old got missing June 28, and Bayo
Adeyemi, male, was abducted on June 28. Bayo, a pupil of Fazil Omar
Ahmadiyya, Primary School, Okokomaiko, was said to have been kidnapped
on his way home after the closing hour.
Sources said that the kidnappers’ inability to gain access to the school premises made them wait
outside until the pupils were leaving for their
respective homes. At press time, the locations of the kidnappers have
not been known.
In an interview with Vanguard, the chairman of the School Management
Committee, Mr. Sheriff Adebayo, did not disclose the identity of the
last victim, but lamented that the kidnappers abducted the pupil while
returning from school.
He narrated that the child and his elder brother were on their way home
when the abductors, who were in a bus, accosted them on the road and
gave the elder brother N100 note, to buy candy and biscuits. The
victim’s elder brother demanded to go on the errand with the victim, but
they ordered him to leave his brother behind.
On his return, he added that the child discovered the bus was leaving
the scene. And because he is a child, rather than raise alarm, he ran
home to alert the mother and before they arrived the kidnappers had
disappeared. His words:
“immediately I heard about it, I called the Education secretary and he
also said that was what he heard. And since then, I have set up
community security to forestall future occurrence. Also, we have decided
to hold Parent Teachers Association, PTA meeting to intimate parents on
the need to bring their children to school and return after closing
hour to pick their children. We believe with that, kidnappers will not
have opportunity to have access to any child.” …
A top official in Ojo Local Government, who spoke under condition of anonymity, lamented:
“it is true that one of the pupils was kidnapped last Tuesday after the
close of school. Also, two others were kidnapped though they are not
pupils of our school.
The pupils closed at 1 pm and the mother returned to the school at about
1:57 pm with the victim’s elder brother, to report that her child has
been kidnapped by some unknown men. And immediately we heard that, we
swung into action to assist in the rescue, that is, we reported to the
Okokomaiko police Station before we were directed to Ojo police station.
And they promised to expedite action in the rescue.
As at the close of work on Friday, we are yet to get any response from
the police. The council has written formal report to the State Universal
Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to alert them about the incident. The
council has also called for a meeting of Head Teachers, to sensitize
them on the need to be security conscious. Though we have beefed up
security within our schools,” he added.
Responding, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Lagos Command, CSP Dolapo Badmus, said
“There are only two reported cases right now. The first is a 4 year old
child that got missing from the school compound while the second got
missing while playing in her grandma’s shop in a market place. The
division is investigating the cases.”