Monday, March 7, 2016 4:59 pm
Akinde spoke on Monday when he led other bishops of the Church, the Principal of the school and parents of the rescued students on a “thank you” visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in Ikeja.
He said the team deemed it fit to come and appreciate the role played by the state government in the wake of the abduction of the students from school on Feb. 29.
“It was a most traumatic moment, and sad for us as proprietors.
“Today, we are thanking God for his intervention that a most unfortunate and traumatic event ended on a joyous note.
“All three pupils are now safe in the custody of their parents; they have been reunited.
“You acted and responded; your response was prompt, your response was positive, your response was practical,” Akinde said.
The Principal of the school, Ven. Olaoluwa Adeyemi, also said that they were grateful for the support, encouragement and
prayers they received from several quarters while the ordeal lasted.
“God in his infinite mercy helped us and the security agencies did their work well and the girls are with us now,” he said.
Adeyemi said that the girls were back in school and had reunited with their parents.
He said with the security apparatus put in place by the state government, it was game over for those who had taken to crime in Lagos.
One of the parents of the recued girls, Ven. Ayo Olusan said they were relieved with the return of their girls.
Olusan said that the prayers offered by Nigerians and the prompt effort of the state government played a huge role in the rescue of the girls.
In his response, Ambode said the incident was a test of the government’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.
“Seven days ago, the unthinkable happened; but again, we give all the glory to God that seven days after, we are able to pride ourselves that one of those principal duties that you have charged this administration with is what we have just proved,” he said.
Ambode sent a strong warning to criminals to desist from their nefarious activities.
He warned that his administration would spread its security searchlight to every nook and cranny of the state.