The Lagos State Government on Friday expressed excitement over the
release of six students of Igbonla-Epe Model College who were abducted
on May 25, 2017 in their school premises, saying students would
undergo series of medical tests and trauma therapy before they are
reunited with their families.
In a press statement, the State’s Commissioner for Information and
Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde congratulated the parents of the students
and all concerned stakeholders over the development.
“This is a welcome development and the State Government has always
believed that the students would be released unhurt. The news of their
release is therefore a confirmation of that belief and we are glad
that they would be reuniting with their families,” Ayorinde said.
He said the State Government remains resolute in its commitment to
ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the State and
has already beefed up security in schools to prevent a re-occurrence.
“It is on record that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration
has invested massively on equipment and welfare of security personnel
so as to ensure that the State remains safe for residents and
“This Government has already taken giant steps to secure all our
schools especially those in the suburbs and riverine areas and we are
confident that the steps taken so far will go a long way in nipping a
repeat of such in the bud,” Ayorinde said.
The Commissioner also quoted Governor Ambode as commending the efforts
of security agencies who worked tirelessly to ensure the safe release
and return of the students.