Exactly sixty-four days since six secondary school students of Lagos State Model College, Igbo Nla near Epe were abducted in the school premises by unknown gunmen, the pupils have regained their freedom.
InsideMainland gathered that the students released by their captors in Ajakpa Community, Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
A senior police officer told Punch the children had been moved to the Ondo State Police Command headquarters in Akure where they would be taken to the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu at the Ondo State Government House Akure by the security operatives.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a Rapid Response Squad (RRS) source said the details of the release of the kids is sketchy but their release brings forth good news to their distraught parents. “I don’t have much details yet about the rescue or if any ransom was paid. This is good news and the process to reunite them with their families and relatives will commence immediately.
“We want to assure Lagosians that crime will not be tolerated in Lagos State. Criminals should desist from their crimes because we will come after them one after the other.”
Recall that the students were kidnapped on Thursday, May 25, 2017, after the gunmen through the Imeru/Iji waterway, accessed the swampy forest bordering the school.
At that time, the kidnappers bore a hole on a part of the school fence to gain entrance into the school compound to commit the crime.
As a direct response to the kidnap of the students, the Lagos State Police commissioner, CP Fatai Owoseni led a Search and Rescue Team in company of top police officers in the state to comb the school and adjoining waterways as well as forest in search of the gun men.