Lagos CP Owoseni Reiterates Police Commitment To Rescue Kidnapped Students

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, at Lagos Model College, Igbonla in Epe. Twitter

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has stated that though the police is committed to securing lives and properties in the state, the concern of the force at the moment is to rescue all the kidnapped students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla in Epe.

Owoseni stated this while confirming the collaborated operation with the men of the Nigerian Police Force, Army, Airforce and the Navy personnel which led to the death of 14 militants in the search for the abducted students of  Lagos Model College, Igbonla in Epe.

“Yes, we deployed policemen from the Marine unit and the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) tactical team to the area.

“Soldiers and naval personnel are also involved in the joint operation.

“Our concern at the moment is to rescue all the students. I cannot confirm if there were killings or the number of people involved until I am briefed, ” the Lagos police boss said.

Ongoing operation

Also, the Chairman, Operation AWATSE, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai confirmed, that there was an ongoing operation in the area.

He explained that security personnel were deployed to comb the creeks and rescue the pupils, adding that nothing would be left to chance.

The security chief  however said he could not make any comment on the killings, stating that they were yet to be briefed by ground forces on the state of affairs.

“I am aware Marine Policemen and our boys (military personnel) are currently in the area. But I cannot confirm if there were killings because operations are ongoing and I haven’t been briefed yet, “Bobai said.

Assurance from the force

Reacting to the kidnapping, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, assured that the students would be rescued in few days.

“In the next few days, we would hear good news concerning the students. We have solved all kidnap cases before now because their victims have all been released. So, this will not be an exception.

“We are on top of the situation. Crime is bound to happen, and when it happens, what we should concern ourselves with is how to solve the problem. That is what we are doing.

“We are not joking, and you know that we are very serious when it comes to the issue of crime fighting, especially kidnapping.”

Habila also disclosed that the force is working round the clock and synergizing with sister agencies on how to rescue the children and arrest those behind the act.

“As you all know, police cannot be everywhere at the same time. Keeping policemen permanently in a secondary school is not the best, as it would affect the psychology of the students.

“The school is surrounded by water and we have fishermen fishing in the water. They would see strange faces coming with speed boats and they would keep quiet. The villagers would see strange people in their land and they wouldn’t call the police,” complains the police chief.

He urged the people to embrace community policing and provide adequate information to the Police, saying “that is the only way we can fight the kidnappers to a standstill.”

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