How Epe 6 Were Rescued After 65 Days in Kidnappers’ Captivit

After spending 65 days in kidnappers den, six students abducted at a Lagos school on May 25 regained freedom on Friday.
The students were abducted by gunmen in the school premises at Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Epe area of the state two days to the annual Children’s Day celebration.
The six boys were identified as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Phillips, and Farouq Yusuf.
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said his government and that of Delta Sstate worked tirelessly for the release of the abducted Lagos students.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye on Friday, the governor commended the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the security agencies.
The statement read, “We are happy to note the release of the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model School, Epe, Lagos State as a result of the determined and conscientious efforts of the Acting President, the governments of Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Delta states and the security agencies, including the Police, SSS and the Military.
“In the last few days, the deputy governors of Ondo and Delta states have worked tirelessly to ensure that the students are released.
“The students will be handed over to the deputy governor of Lagos State for further actions.
“We thank Nigerians for their prayers, and charged security agencies to remain committed to their sacred duty of ensuring the safety of the citizens.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command said 20 kidnappers were killed, during the rescue operation
Fatai Owoseni, the State Commissioner of Police, stated this on Friday while briefing journalists on the rescue operation.
Owoseni however regretted that one civilian volunteer died during the rescue process, while eight policemen and four other civilian volunteers sustained injuries.
“We have responsible security agencies that don’t want to sacrifice the lives of those children. Our objective was to do everything possible to get these children alive, unhurt and that’s exactly what has happened,” he said.
He added that a suspect was arrested, for trying to swindle the parents of the students by demanding ransom for the boys’ release.
Owoseni praised the South-West Governors, “for demonstrating a clear commitment to combat crime in the region.”
Speaking on behalf of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde congratulated the parents of the students and all concerned stakeholders over the development, just as he said the students would undergo series of medical tests and trauma therapy before they are reunited with their families.
“This is a welcome development and the State Government has always believed that the students would be released unhurt. The news of their release is therefore a confirmation of that belief and we are glad that they would be reuniting with their families,” Ayorinde said.
He said the State Government remains resolute in its commitment to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the State and has already beefed up security in schools to prevent a re-occurrence.
“It is on record that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration has invested massively on equipment and welfare of security personnel so as to ensure that the State remains safe for residents and investors.
“This Government has already taken giant steps to secure all our schools especially those in the suburbs and riverine areas and we are confident that the steps taken so far will go a long way in nipping a repeat of such in the bud,” Ayorinde said.
The Commissioner also quoted Governor Ambode as commending the efforts of security agencies who worked tirelessly to ensure the safe release and return of the students.
The students have since been taken to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who earlier directed the police to bring the boys to Abuja for proper medicare.

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