Wednesday, March 2, 2016 9:02 am
The Police in Lagos and Ogun states are still in pursuit of 10 gunmen who invaded an Ikorodu secondary school and kidnapped three female students on Monday night.
The girls in SS2 were said to be studying for a test in a classroom around 9.30 pm on Monday night when the kidnapping gang struck.
Reports said the gunmen broke open the fence at Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS), from where they entered the school to snatch the girls, identified as Timilehin Olisa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo.
One schoolboy who would have been kidnapped, along with the girls resisted the gang, reports said.
On Tuesday, three Rapid Response Squad (RRS) helicopters carried out surveillance of the creeks and neighbouring bushes for a possible location of the hoodlums and their hostages.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Two, Mr. Bala Hassan, who was also at the school, assured the parents that the girls would be rescued.
Hassan, who said the Ogun State Police Command had been contacted and all routes into that state secured, disclosed that the security forces were closing in on the criminals.
“The police and other security agencies have not slept since this thing happened last night. The Lagos State Police Commissioner (Fatai Owoseni), his deputy and also the Commanders of sister agencies all slept here.
“We are here to assure the parents that security forces are doing everything possible to ensure the girls are rescued and returned unhurt. We are also assuring that the ongoing operation in this area shall continue.
The police already have a clue that could lead to the kidnappers: one of the gangster was identified as a bricklayer working in the school.