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LAGOS SCHOOL KIDNAP DAY 30: Security beef-up in colleges amid fresh threats

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By Evelyn Usman

lagos—Security has been beefed up at the Lagos State Model College Igbonla, in Epe area of the state, where six Senior Secondary School students were abducted on May 24.

Pix: Parents of kidnapped students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe stormed Governor’s Office to demand for the release of their children 14 days after they were abducted by gunmen. at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The action as gathered, followed intelligence report that the kidnappers might strike again, owing to a letter written to a sister Model School at Kankon, Badagry, informing the school authority of pending similar kidnap operation.

Kidnappers had threatened in the letter to the Model College, Kankon, Badagry, that they will strike and abduct some students and staff of the college.

Since the letter was received, security as gathered, had been intensified in the state’s model colleges with a 24-hour joint patrol by both conventional and under cover policemen, as well as the military and members of vigilante group.

Members of staff at Igbonla and Kankon colleges have been gripped with fear, as some of them as reliably gathered, were planing to be coming from home to school daily, to avoid falling victims, should the kidnappers make good their threat.

As at yesterday, Vanguard was informed that both patrol and foot policemen were sighted around Igbonla College. Some of them were stationed strategically around the creeks.

Police sources told Vanguard that; “Yes, the letter was not sent to Igbonla but we don’t want to leave anything to chance, as it could be a ploy to channel all resources to Kankon college, Badagry, only for them to strike here again.

First, Kankon College at Badagry is not located close to any river, from where the kidnappers usually attack. But Igbonla is. That does not mean that we will neglect Kankon. Our men are also there on surveillance with the assistance of other security agencies.

“We are also not resting on our oars over the rescue of the abducted students. We already know where they are but launching an attack there may put the abducted students’ lives at risk and if anything happens to them, the blame will fall back on us. So, we are patiently waiting for the appropriate time to strike and when we do, Nigerians will see reasons with us.”

Meanwhile, the Kankon College’s chairman of the the Parents Teachers Association , PTA, Mr Wale Alao, said that the issue of the letter sent by the kidnappers had been reported to the Police.

The letter was reportedly sent separately to principals of both the Primary and secondary arms of the college.

The letter reads; “We 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.”

To this end, the PTA chairman said: ”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. The school is a little bit far from the waterside, but we must not leave anything to chance.”

But some of the parents called on the college’s management to construct a high fence as well as to clear the bush behind the school.

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