- Kidnappers have allegedly written a letter to another Lagos state school
- The kidnappers vow to kidnap two principals and 6 students
- The Lagos state government however said that the situation is under control
Kidnappers have threatened to abduct students and principals of Lagos state Model College, Kankon, Badagry in a letter sent to the school authority.
The kidnappers, according to Punch, posted the letters on the corridors leading to the offices of the two principals of the school and boasted that nothing could stop them from making real their vow.
A copy of the letters read: “Kidnappers are visiting the school the same way we did at Igbonla, Epe. We are going to capture three pupils from senior school and three from junior school. We are kidnapping both principals.
“We are coming in two days’ time. No security put in place will stop us from gaining entry and fulfilling our mission as stated in this letter. Be expecting us!”
According to reports, the letters were sent to the college about two weeks ago and consequently, security agencies and the state government were alerted immediately.
A parent who sighted the letter said: “As I was passing by the principal’s office, I saw a notice and stopped to read it. I was shocked when I read the content. The principal was not around at that time, but I alerted some staff members present.
“I informed the Parents Forum Association chairman, who contacted the school authorities. The government and security agencies had also been informed.
“A large number of policemen and soldiers were initially deployed in the school. There were also security vans patrolling the school surroundings.
The development is was said to has prompted a swift deployment of policemen and soldiers in the school.
However, after the expiration of the ultimatum, security presence around the school reportedly reduced and this caused panic among parents and guardians.
“But when I went back four days after, the number of security men had reduced considerably. I saw only two policemen at the school gate,” the parent said.
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The PFA Chairman, Mr. Wale Alo, said the case was reported at the Akpa Police Post and Area K Command, Badagry.
“We have been trying to beef up security. The state government sent policemen and military personnel. The school also employed some vigilantes to secure the school, especially at night. I learnt that the deputy governor is aware. Although the handwriting on the letters looks like that of a child, the content is beyond any pupil’s reasoning. The school is a little bit far from the waterside, but we must not leave anything to chance,” he said.
Meanwhile, the school authorities described the letters as a rumour.
In his reaction, one of the two principals, Mr. Sunday Fadaunsi, said: “We regard the letters as a rumour. Parents and pupils have been circulating it, but nobody can come up with any letter.”
When asked about the security measures put in place in the school, he said, “the deputy governor is handling that.”
But Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said everything is under control as the state government is aware of the said letter.
“We are aware and the security agencies are on high alert and alive to their responsibility. Whether it is a threat or a prank, the Lagos State Government will not yield any of its schools or pupils to the evil machinations of kidnappers. We shall secure our schools and every pupil and tutor. The police and other security agencies are up to the task. This is an assurance to the Model College, Kankon, and the general public,” he said.
The Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, on his part disclosed that the police had beefed up security in the school and other colleges in the coastal areas of the state.
“There is intelligence report that these people (kidnappers) may perpetrate criminal acts at model colleges. The police are using proactive measures to fortify the schools, including Kankon, to prevent what happened in model college, Igbonla.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reports that after 26 days of repeated assurances by the Lagos state government and the police on the rescue of the six abducted pupils of Lagos state Model College, Igbonla, Epe, the victims’ parents say they have no other option but to count on God.
The parents said the assurances did not allay their fears, adding that they hoped that the children would be liberated by divine intervention.
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