Sequel to the safe release of the six students of Igbo Nla Secondary School in Epe who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on May 25, Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode have lauded the efforts of the security forces for their wonderful feat.
It will be recalled that a fortnight ago, Osinbajo assured the Lagos State Government that they are working tirelessly to ensure the safe release of the students, having met with the heads of security forces.
The students, who were rescued along Ajakpa Community in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday in the afternoon, have become a talking point considering the fact that an initial ransom was demanded by the abductors, which later resulted to the over-stay of the students.
However, Osinbajo hailed the Lagos State Government for their combat efforts with the Delta State Security operatives for the safe rescue of the Igbo Nla students.
A tweet Friday night by his spokesman, Laolu Akande conveyed Osinbajo’s joy.
“Congrats to Lagos State Governor on release of kidnapped boys. He worked very hard with FG agencies, Ondo, Delta governments & Nigerian Navy for the result”, Akande tweeted.
In the part of the Lagos State Government, a statement was released by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, thanking the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for taking the lead in the area of security in ensuring that the six abducted students regain freedom.
“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.
“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.
“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.