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29 Jul 2017

How we rescued kidnapped Lagos students -- Police, Ondo governor

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, have given insight into how the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model College, Epe, were rescued.
Speaking Friday, in Lagos, shortly after the students were freed, Mr. Akeredolu said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos informed him about a month ago, during the National Economic Council (NEC) Meeting in Abuja, that the kidnapped kids were being held in the creeks of Ondo.
The governor said he immediately deployed his deputy, Alfred Agboola, who is from the riverine areas in Ondo, to take up the matter.
He said Mr. Agboola immediately swung into action and worked with the Delta State Deputy Governor, as well as security agencies to ensure safe return of the students.
The governor commended Acting President Osinbajo and Governor Ambode for working tirelessly on the matter, saying the duo demonstrated uncommon interest in the whole process leading to the safe return of the students.
PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the leading role of Mr. Agboola in the negotiation as well as the involvement of the Delta State Deputy Governor.
On the role of Governor Ambode, Mr. Akeredolu said, “I must commend Governor Ambode for his commitment to the rescue of the students. At the meeting of Western Nigeria Governors’ forum held in Abeokuta on Monday, we discussed the issue of the students and Governor Ambode mentioned the issue of joint security patrol in our riverine areas.
“He (Governor Ambode) was very committed to it and he expressed readiness to support with the needed resources. Throughout the days the students were in captivity, the Lagos State Governor never kept his eyes off the ball and he kept working on it until today that we have the students back,” Mr. Akeredolu said.
On his part, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said 20 of the kidnappers died during a gun duel with security forces, while eight policemen and four civilian volunteers suffered injuries.

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