As a direct response, the recent kidnap attacks at the Igbo Nla Model College near Epe, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has flagged off the construction of a watchtower to be mounted with security cameras in public schools across the state.
In addition, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has permanently deployed armed security operatives and commenced installation of forty 250-watts halogen lamps for security surveillance in schools.
The development was made public by the Public Affairs Officer of the Ministry of Education, Mr Adesegun Ogundeji, during the announcement of the reopening of Igbo Nla Model College yesterday, Monday, June 5, 2017.
“Teaching and learning resume at the Model College, Igbonla today. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Adesina Odeyemi and the Tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Mrs Margaret Solarin were at the school for a first-hand assessment of the situation,” he said.
He added that “the Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, and the Divisional Commander of Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Mr Semi Lateef, were also on the ground to further ensure safety.”
You would recall that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom and advised the mortified parents of the victims to meet with the school authorities and plan how to raise the money.
While the affected parents are left to deal with the trauma, other parents had trooped to the school in their numbers to withdraw their children.
Abductors reject Ransom
Politics Nigeria has learnt that the abductors have rejected a sum of N6 million naira for the return of 6 school pupils abducted from Igbonla model school, Epe a week ago. The Kidnappers maintain that only a payment of N100 million will ensure the release of the students.
A sibling to one of the kidnapped students said the kidnappers maintained that the amount raised(N6 million) was too ‘meagre’, stating that they would only accept the N100 million ransom from Lagos state government.
“Initially, we raised around N2 million but they rejected it on the ground that it was too small.But later everyone had to rush up and down again to add to the money. So we gathered around N6 million and when we contacted them, they rejected it again.
“The N6 million was supposed to be presented jointly as N1 million per student but they said they do not want… that they only want the government to pay the N100 million ransom.