Friday as the parents of the pupils of the Lagos State Model College,
Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25, 2017, reunited with their
children following their release after 64 days in captivity.
Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf – arrived
at the Lagos State Deputy Governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja from Ondo
State around 9 pm.
pupils were killed in gun duels with security operatives in the events
leading to the release of the pupils on Friday.
volunteer (local vigilante), who fought on the side of the security
agents, was also killed, while eight policemen and four other volunteers
sustained injuries in the shoot-outs.
Idiat Adebule, who received the children in her office in Alausa, Ikeja
on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, said the state government would
use the holiday period to intensify security in public schools before
the next term begins.
dropped at Aboto Creek in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State
by some members of the gang at about 12 pm and moved to the office of
the state’s deputy governor.
along with the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, and his
deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi.
police and other security agencies for ensuring that the children are
back. We plan to have comprehensive medical check-up on the children and
they will be debriefed in collaboration with other stakeholders.
to ensure that all that needs to be done in terms of security before the
resumption of schools is done.”
South-West governors and security agencies led to the release of the
pupils, adding that the role played by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbanjo, was incisive.
Command, Fatai Owoseni, said 20 members of the gang involved in the
abduction of the pupils were killed in gun duels with security
swift as much as possible, which led to curtailing the gang within a
specific location. Adeniyi led the abduction of the children. He met his
Waterloo along with 16 others shortly after the abduction during a gun
duel with security agents.
July 18 when they attempted to invade a marine police post. The suspect
that swindled the parents has been arrested.”
paid to the kidnappers, saying dwelling on it would glamorise
kidnapping. Journalists were also prevented from talking to the pupils.
with our correspondent in Lagos, who could not hide their joy, said they
were excited by the news of their children’s release after over two
months in captivity.
“It was unbelievable. I am very excited. Our sorrow is over. I have been
receiving so many calls and congratulatory messages from people. We
appreciate everybody that stood by us.”
to refrain from having fun since the children were abducted. But after I
heard the news, I went to a hotel near my house and had a good delicacy
with two bottles of beer. I am extremely happy,” he said.
am the happiest person on earth right now. When I called the Lagos State
Commissioner of Police to confirm the news, he said, ‘Congratulations,
they have been released’. Our sorrow is over. I have spoken with my
child on the telephone. He said he was fine. He said, ‘Congratulations
N5m to Odi-Omi, Ogun State. When it was 8 pm, they came out from a bus
and collected it. The parents were strictly warned to keep it a secret
from the police.
authorities to keep off waterways or else they would not release the
children. It was the money that led to the release. Together with the
previous payments, they collected N37m.”
to a delegation of the Ondo State Government in Ajakpa Community in Ese
Odo Local Government Area of the state.
to release the kids to any other state except the Ondo State. The state
governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, asked the deputy governor to secure
their release, and they were released to the deputy governor at 1am
released the pupils to the deputy governor between Ajakpa and Igbonla
creeks. The children said they were not maltreated by their abductors. “