A woman led the kidnappers that abducted six persons from the Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe on Thursday, an eyewitness said.
The school’s Vice-Principal, Mr. A.O. Oyesola; the English Language/Civil Education teacher, Mr. Lukman Oyerinde; and four Junior Secondary School 1 pupils were abducted.
It was learnt that the kidnappers, who invaded the school as pupils were rounding off their assembly, were six in number.
Five of the abductors, including the woman, had guns, while the last gang member held a cutlass.
A JSS 1 pupil, who identified himself only as Saheed, said the abductors came through the waterways and entered the school through a gate behind the boys’ hostel, close to the assembly hall.
He said, “We usually do our assembly in a hall. The senior school in the second hall had already dispersed. We were saying the closing prayer when we saw the gunmen. They wore red and blue vests. They shot into the air. Some of us ran inside the bush.
“The abductors were six persons. They began to shout ‘move, move, move’ as they led our vice-principal, teacher and the four pupils away.”
Our correspondent gathered that the school was thrown into confusion when parents stormed the premises to take their children away.
They were, however, prevented from doing so by security operatives.
When PUNCH Metro got to the school at about 3pm on Thursday, policemen from the Rapid Response Squad, OP MESA soldiers, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, State Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the local vigilance group were on the premises.
The father of Isaac Adebisi, one of the abducted pupils, Mr. Oluwafemi Adebisi, said he was hopeful that his son would return home safely.
He said, “Tuesday was my first day in the school. I brought my son on that day when they resumed from the public holiday. The abductors came and disrupted the assembly.
“Their teachers called the attendance list after the abductors left and he was nowhere to be found. None of the pupils clearly saw him leaving with them because of the tension. The school authorities have met us and assured that they would find the children.
“I believe God that my son will be found because he is a promised child.”
Our correspondent learnt that the abductors had yet to contact the families of the victims.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said on Thursday that the police were working with other security agencies to rescue the victims.
Owoseni, who visited the school, said, “The police recorded a case of abduction in the school. The vice-principal, a teacher, and six pupils were taken away by gunmen who came in a speedboat.
“The police mobilised to the area and were able to rescue two of the pupils. The rescue mission is ongoing. The Marine Police, helicopters, the navy, and the Department of State Services are all involved in the operation.”Punch