On Monday night three boarding school students from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Agunfoye-Lugbusi village in Lagos State were abducted by gunmen at around 8pm.
Vanguard News gives extensive details of the kidnap thus;
kidnappers numbering over 10, Monday night stormed Babington Macualay Junior
Seminary, a model private missionary secondary school located in Ikorodu area
of Lagos, abducting three female Senior Secondary School students.
gathered that a similar incident happened on January 22, but the operation was
foiled by the school internal security. The abducted girls were of the Science
department. The gunmen, reportedly stormed the premises of the boarding school
located at Agunfoye-Lugbusi village at about 8pm.
N100m ransom Vanguard reliably gathered that the kidnappers demanded N100
million ransom for the release of each student.
As at 4pm yesterday, they were
still in contact with the school. The kidnappers reportedly scaled the school’s
perimeter fence and announced their presence with sporadic gunshots while the
students were having their night prep in their classes. This caused pandemonium
as the fear stricken students who did not know where the shots were coming
from, scampered in different directions for safety. In the process, one of the
gunmen said to have been hooded, held one of the female students,immediately
she ran out of her classroom.
Another female student as gathered, ran into
three of the gunmen whom she thought were her teachers, while the third student
was also caught by another abductor. They thereafter, took the students into
their vehicle that was parked along a bush path and zoomed off. Identities of
the abducted students which Vanguard confirmed at press time, are being kept
secret by security agents and the school authority.
Parents besiege school
Distraught parents were said to have besieged the school when news of the
invasion reached them. As at 4pm yesterday, some of them who lived outside
Lagos were sighted driving into the massive school premises.
A parent who spoke
to Vanguard on condition of anonymity said “I arrived the school at about 8am
yesterday. Luckily, my three children who are in JSS 1 to 3, are safe. They
said they thought the gun shots was fire crackers . It was not until they
sighted one of the gunmen that they attempted to run into their dormitory for
‘’One of my children sustained injury. My eldest son said he hid under
his bed but later left in search of his siblings. He said he ran back when he
saw one of the gunmen dragging a student outside. He could not state whether
the student was a male or female. ‘’When the dust settled, she said they were
all crying .
My last child even said I should take her out of the school but I
assured her a thing like that would not happen again.” ‘Things under control’
The school authority as gathered began a prayer session immediately the gunmen
The prayer session which centred on the safety of the abducted children
was still on at about 4pm yesterday.
They also sent text messages to all
parents assuring them that the situation was under control. The text message
sent to parents read: “Dearly beloved parents, the unfortunate incident
reported is under control and the three parents have been contacted. Please
continue to pray with us and we assure you that all will be well . Kindly keep
calm , your children are safe.”
As at yesterday, activities in the school were
on hold. The test earlier billed for the day was cancelled as the students were
asked to remain in their hostels. When contacted on phone, the school’s
principal, Venerable, Ola Oluwa, picked the call but could not say a word.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni and some senior police
officers, visited the school at about 4am. Contacted, spokesperson for the
command, Dolapo Badmus, a Superintendent of Police said; “Yes, three students
were taken away by some criminals on Monday night. ”Investigations are on to
track them. At this moment we can not give you more information but you will be
briefed as events unfold.”