Kidnappers attacks Government Model school, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, Nigeria, and taking 6 boys away from their hostel around 5am earlier this week.
The school management informed the Nigerian police in the area immediately when the men gained entrance, but the gun battle was too much for the Police team as the kidnappers came with sophisticated weapons, making officers retreat from the scene.
The hole used by the kidnappers to gain access the school
According to the statement by the Rapid Response Squad, they traveled via the Imeru/Oji waterway to access the swamp forest bordering the school. The abductors gained entrance into the school premises by drilling a hole in a part of the school fence.
The statement by the Police;
IGBONLA MODEL SCHOOL KIDNAP: POLICE URGE PUBLIC COOPERATION
Today, at about 5am, Kidnappers again struck at Igbonla Model School, Igbonla near Epe, abducting six (6) students. Immediately, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, raised a Police Team to rescue the abducted students and apprehend the suspects.
Investigation and rescue operation started with the visit to the affected school by the Police Team led by the Commissioner of Police. The team have intensified its search through the adjoining waterways into the forest.
From the visit, it was found that the abductors used the Imeru/Oji waterway to access the swamp forest bordering the school. The abductors gained entrance into the school premises by drilling a hole on a part of the school fence.
Obviously, the dastardly act of these criminal elements is nothing other than sheer wickedness as there is no justification whatsoever for abducting the innocent children. The trauma that the parents/guardians and relatives of these children are going through at this difficult moment can be imagined.
The Commissioner of Police has appealed for calmness from all concerned to enable the security agencies focus on rescue operations and apprehend the suspects. He noted that the Police and other security agencies are intensifying all necessary measures towards safety and security of the good people of Lagos State.
Police will appreciate useful information from members of the public, please.
Last year October, kidnappers invade the same school, taking away four students, two members of staff and the school vice-principal.