The kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, on Friday arrived Lagos from Ondo State after their release from the kidnappers’ den.
The students arrived at the Deputy Governors office, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, around 9 p.m. Friday night. Some of their apparently overjoyed parents could not hide their excitement upon seeing the students who had been in captivity since May 25.
The students are Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf. Speaking with PremiumTimes, the mother of Peter Jonah said she was thankful that her son came back from the abductors’ den unhurt. .
“I am very grateful; that my son stayed with them for that long and finally our pain is over… I am very grateful to God,” she said. .
About twenty suspected kidnappers of the pupils were killed in gun duels with security operatives in the events leading to the release of the pupils on Friday, the police said. .
While receiving the students, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, said the state government would intensify security in public schools before the next term begins. .
“We plan to have comprehensive medical check-up on the children and they will be debriefed in collaboration with other stakeholders.”
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who was instrumental to the release of the boys, noted that combined efforts of the South-West governors and security agencies led to the release of the pupils.
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