Some of the rescued students of Igbonla Model College, Epe: twenty of their kidnappers killed in gun battle
Twenty members of the gang that abducted six Lagos State students for more than two months died in gun battle with the police earlier on Friday, during the rescue operation in the creeks of Ondo state.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni disclosed this at a news conference in Lagos. He also said one civilian volunteer died, while eight policemen and four other civilian volunteers sustained injuries.
Owoseni said that a suspect, who attempted to swindle the parents of the students by asking that they should bring ransom to Abeokuta, was arrested. He is in police custody, he added.
The Igbonla Model College Students freed from abduction, with Governor Akeredolu, right and Oluranti Adebule, Lagos dep. govCP Owoseni, Adebule and Akeredolu at the briefing
The police chief praised the South West Governors for demonstrating clear commitment to combat crime in the region, saying that the communiqué issued in Abeokuta with respect to creation of Joint Security Task Force for the region, is already yielding positive result.
chief Akinwunmi Ambode, who was away in Switzerland delivered a meaning at the league through the deputy governor, Oluranti Adebule.
Ambode hailed the booming rescue of the six students of Igbonla prototype College, Epe. He gave an pledge that the direction would utilise the public holiday to emphasize refuge in the complete schools in the State, particularly in the town and riverine areas to inhibit a re-occurrence.
He understood he remained perfectly committed to ensuring the confidence of every one of residents principally students and would save nil to make certain that schools hang about innocent from the entire forms of crime and criminality.
“The circulation of collateral is a community narrow that we control signed with the persons of Lagos and we would make certain that we accomplish not disappoint. As much as our schools are concerned, we are disappearing fund to the portrayal lodge to get your hands on our schools before the subsequently moot session”.
Ambode celebrated the joint hard work by safety measures agencies from Lagos and Ondo States. He specifically thanked the performing arts President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his intercession towards ensuring the out of harm's way rescue of the students.
Adebule obtainable the rescued students to the media and said they would be debriefed and full through all-embracing medicinal tests as a result as to guarantee that they claim from the shock they strength comprise approved through whereas in the incarceration of their abductors.
Ondo kingdom Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu celebrated performing arts head Yemi Osinbajo and controller Ambode for operational industriously on the matter, proverb that the double act demonstrated uncommon appeal in the entire progression most important to the harmless restore of the students.
Akeredolu supposed he in no way held the kidnappers may well be hibernating in Ondo creeks until he was told about a month in the past during the state efficient convention (NEC) reunion in Abuja by Osinbajo, and soon administrator Ambode.
He held he immediately deployed his deputy, Mr Alfred Agboola who is from the riverine areas in Ondo, to reserve up the matter.
He understood Agboola directly swung into action and worked with the Delta majestic Deputy Governor, as fully as self-assurance agencies to make certain the in safe hands go again of the students.
Akeredolu said: “I necessity hand over chief Ambode for his dedication to the rescue of the students. At the seminar of Western Nigeria Governors’ forum detained in Abeokuta on Monday, we discussed the broadcast of the students and chief Ambode mentioned the gush of combined confidence squad in our riverine areas.
“He (Governor Ambode) was actual committed to it and he spoken promptness to care with the desirable resources. Throughout the existence the students were in captivity, the Lagos splendor regulator by no means held in reserve his eyes off the orb and he reserved functioning on it until nowadays that we hold the students back,” Akeredolu said.