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Epe School Kidnap Lagos Dep Gov visits school, assures victims' safe return

Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule has visited the Lagos school, which was invaded by suspected militants, and assured victims' safe return.

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The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule has visited the Igbonla Senior and Junior Model College, where on four students and two teachers were kidnapped by a gang of suspected Ijaw militants on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

In a statement signed by the Lagos Chief Press Secretary, Habib Haruna, Adebule visited the school situated in the suburb of Epe after the incident.

Haruna said during her visit, the Deputy Governor assured that the Lagos State government would work assiduously to ensure prompt rescue of the victims.

Adebule, who was accompanied by top government functionaries and head of security agencies to the school, condemned the act while pleading with parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims.

She said: "It is true that in the last 29 years that this school was established, we have never experienced such a thing like this, but now that it has happened and it is confronting us, we must come together to find a lasting solution to it. We, as government, parents, the school and security agencies, must remain united to solve this problem.

"I know you are angry, I know you are worried and I know you are agitated, but we must look for solution. But I plead for the understanding of parents in this matter. I know how traumatic it could be, I know how emotional the issue we are discussing could be, but the best we can do is to handle it with care and with utmost wisdom that God can give us.

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"It is God who secures, it is God who protect and even in other climes where you have everything, you still have this type of incursion once in a while, but what we should be talking about is how can we collectively solve this problem," Adebule said.

Kidnappers, numbering about seven, had invaded the premises of  Igbonla Senior and Junior Model College at about 8am on Thursday morning and kidnapped students, the vice principal and head teacher.

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