Palpable panic has become the order of the day at the Lagos State Model College, Kankon, Badagry, as kidnappers have reportedly written to the school informing of their plan to visit the school and abduct some students and staff.
The kidnappers were said to have posted two copies of their letters at the corridors leading to the offices of the two principals at the junior and senior sections of the college.
It was gathered that the kidnappers claimed to be responsible for the abduction of the six students and the principals of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who had spent 28 days in captivity and yet to be rescued.
Recall that the kidnappers had contacted the parents of the students, demanding a huge sum and advising them to collaborate with the school to raise the money in order to secure the release of their victims.
A copy of the letters read: “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!”
Punch reports that the letters were sent to the school about two weeks ago and policemen and soldiers have been deployed to the school after the security agencies and the state government were alerted.
However, fresh fears have returned in the school as the security presence has reduced upon the elapse of the ultimatum.
Parents have cried out to the government to come to the aid of the school to avoid a recurrence of the menace of kidnapping in schools.
However, the school authorities have dismissed the alleged letters as mere rumours being peddled by parents and students who have failed to come up with a copy.
When contacted, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the government was aware of the letter, adding that the security of the school, pupils and staff was guaranteed.
He said, “We are aware and the security agencies are on high alert and alive to their responsibility. Whether it is a threat or a prank, the Lagos State Government will not yield any of its schools or pupils to the evil machinations of kidnappers. We shall secure our schools and every pupil and tutor. The police and other security agencies are up to the task. This is an assurance to the Model College, Kankon, and the general public.”
In a similar vein, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police had beefed up security in the school and other colleges in the coastal areas of the state.
He said: “There is intelligence report that these people (kidnappers) may perpetrate criminal acts at model colleges. The police are using proactive measures to fortify the schools, including Kankon, to prevent what happened in model college, Igbonla.
“The Area Commander, Area K, said there is an adequate police presence at the school and there was no cause for alarm.”
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