Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured the public and parents of the 3 pupils of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu who were forcefully abducted by unidentified gunmen Monday night that their children will be rescued safely as his government along with various security operatives in the state are making frantic efforts to ensure the safety and rescue of the pupils.
The Governor gave the assurance today when he sent a high powered delegation from the State Executive Council meeting to visit the management of the school to express government sympathy to the parents of the affected pupils and the management and pledged the commitment of his government to security of lives and property in the state.
Governor Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule explained that the state government along with various security operatives in the state have swung into action since the sad occurrence on Monday night , assuring the public especially the parents of the abducted pupils that their wards would soon be rescued safely and returned back to their parents.
The governor stated that the visit became necessary as a responsible government to express sympathy with the parents of the victims and to share in the pains that the absence of their children would have caused them.
“We are here to share your pains and to express our sympathy over this sad occurrence and above all to re assure you that the state government is working tirelessly with other security agencies to ensure the safety and early rescue of the pupils, and am very confident that in no distant time, these girls will be rescued and returned back to their parents,’’ he assured.
While conducting government officials round the premises, the Principal of the school , Ven. OlaOluwa Adeyemi explained that the gunmen gained entrance to the school premises around 8pm having broken the fence from the back and started shooting sporadically to scare the students and teachers away.
He said all efforts by the management to rescue the abducted pupils from their abductors was not successful as they were overpowered by the sophisticated guns and other dangerous weapons they had on them.
He, however, commended Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Lagos State police command as according to him, the governor immediately moved into action as soon as a call was put across to him.
”They came with sophisticated guns and weapons and they started shooting sporadically to frustrate us from rescuing our pupils abducted, as every body was running for safety, I got the Governor on phone about 3 hours later and he contacted the Commissioner of Police and other top security agencies and they (security agencies) all responded swiftly,ever since then, they have been working tirelessly to ensure that we secure the release of the abducted girls. and in God we place our hope that the girls would return back to this school safely’’ he stated.
Earlier, one of the Proprietors of the school and a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Remo Diocese, Dr. Michael Fape expressed concerns over the security situation in the country and urged government at all levels to prioritise security and provide employment for youths so as to engage them in something more productive.
He, however, commended Governor Ambode and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni for their quick response. He said the Police Commissioner personally led the search operation and expressed optimism that with the efforts put on by the state government and various security operatives, hope is high that the pupils would soon be released safely.