By Moses Omorogieva
The police on Thursday confirmed the kidnap of Vice Principal of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla in Epe area of Lagos State, and four students of the school.
The early morning kidnap came barely after a serial kidnapping cases were reported.
The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said that two of the students had been recovered.
“We received an unfortunate information this morning that four students and vice principal of Model College, Epe, were kidnapped at about 8 a.m.
“The kidnappers went away with them in their speed boat. As soon as we got the information, crack detectives were sent there. We have been able to recover two of the students.
“The vice principal and two students are still with the kidnappers. Our men have begun searching for them. We are collaborating with the Navy to search the creeks and the waters.
The commissioner also disclosed that about 1,500 police operatives had been deployed to 164 locations regarded as flash points in the state.
He said the deployment was to ensure adequate security for the people of the state during the forthcoming yuletide and after.
“These flash points will be policed on a 24-hour basis, starting from now on.
Meanwhile, Police in Kaduna State have confirmed the release of the immediate past Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, and her husband, Pius, who were kidnapped on Monday.
The couple was abducted along Bwari/Jere axis on Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday evening.
The Command’s spokesman, Mr. Aliyu Usman, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that the two regained their freedom on Wednesday evening.
“They were rescued at Jare through the effort of the security operatives,’’ he said.
The abduction of high profile individuals in the country has been on the increase in recent times.
Early on Wednesday, the police in Oyo State, confirmed the shooting of a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, by persons who allegedly attempted to kidnap him.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the abductors of Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, released her after three days in captivity.