Gunmen break into Lagos school, 'abduct six students'

There was panic on Thursday around the creeks in Igbonla, Epe, after unknown gunmen took advantage of security lapses to abduct six pupils of Igbonla Model College, Epe, Lagos.

"(Thursday), at about 5am, kidnappers gained entrance into Igbonla Model School and abducted six pupils. The school management promptly notified the police, which sent its men to take strategic positions around the school. The kidnappers are believed to be Niger Delta militants, who have been involved in a variety of criminal activities in the area.

Gunmen had late a year ago invaded Junior Secondary School, Igbo-Nla and abducted the principal and six students.

A similar incident occurred seven months after gunmen kidnapped two teachers and four pupils of the same school, though they later released. "I also urge the parents of the other students who are now in school not to panic", the statement read in part.

The Lagos police command is yet to confirm the development but findings reveal that the kidnappers might have alerted the school authority about their coming.

The abductors gained entrance into the school premises by drilling a hole through the school fence. "The dastardly act of these criminal elements is nothing other than sheer wickedness as there is no justification whatsoever to abduct innocent children".

Investigation and rescue operation have commenced with the visit to the affected school by a police team, led by the Commissioner of Police.

"The trauma being endured at this hard moment by parents/guardians and relatives of the innocent children can be imagined. However, we appeal for calmness of parents/guardians to enable Security Agencies focus on rescue operations and apprehension of the suspects as we understand the trauma being gone through at this hard moment".

Following the ugly development, the House of Representatives had called on the security agencies in the country to intensify rescue efforts for high school students and teachers kidnapped.

The House suspended other proceedings to attend to the matter and asked the police to mobilize and rescue the principals and students.

"In the next few days, you will hear good news about the students". The kidnappers demanded N20 million per head as ransom.

  • Zachary Reyes