Fatai Owoseni, Lagos Commissioner of Police, said 20 of the kidnappers of the six students of Igbonla Model College in Epe, died during gun duel with security forces while eight policemen and four civilian volunteers sustained injuries during the rescue mission.
Owoseni who spoke at the presentation of the freed students to the media, however disclosed that one civilian volunteer died in the process.
He also said that a suspect, who attempted to capitalise on the situation to swindle the parents of the students by asking that they bring ransom to Abeokuta in Ogun state, was arrested and is currently in police custody.
Owoseni commended governors of the South-West for demonstrating clear commitment to combat crime in the region, adding that the communiqué issued in Abeokuta with respect to creation of Joint Security Task Force for the region, is already yielding positive result.
Meanwhile, Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has hailed the successful rescue of the six kidnapped students assuring that the state would utilise the academic break to reinforce security in all its schools, especially in the suburb and riverine communities to prevent a reoccurrence.
Ambode who spoke through the State’s Deputy Governor, Oluranti Adebule said he remained totally committed to ensuring the security of all residents especially students and would spare nothing to ensure that schools remain safe from all forms of crime and criminality.
“The issue of security is a social contract that we have signed with the people of Lagos and we would ensure that we do not disappoint. As far as our schools are concerned, we are going back to the drawing board to secure our schools before the next academic session”.
Ambode also commended the collaborative efforts of security agencies from Lagos and Ondo states and specially thanked the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo for his interventions towards ensuring the safe rescue of the students.