Sunday, March 6, 2016 3:55 pm
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced today that a member of the gang connected with the abduction of three schoolgirls in Lagos, has been arrested, as he warned criminal gangs to run away from the state.
The gang member was named as Emmanuel Arigidi.
“Let me warn that the State Government will not tolerate kidnapping or any forms of crime in the State. Our position is clear and unambiguous, Lagos state has the capacity and the will to go after every form of crime and criminality in order to safeguard lives and property in the state”, a tough talking Ambode said at a press conference in Lagos.
He also said the three schoolgirls rescued by the police are now reunited with the families.
The girls, Timilehin Olusa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo, all SS2 students, were abducted by gunmen from their classroom at about 9:30pm on Monday during prep.
They are students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, in Ikorodu, Lagos east.
“The Lagos State Government is extremely pleased to announce that the three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu who were abducted by Gunmen on Monday 29th February, 2016 were rescued by security operatives in the early hours of today, Sunday, 6th March, 2016.
“The Lagos State police Command, the Department of State Security and members of the Armed forces worked tirelessly round the clock in the last Six days to secure the release of the children. I thank them for a good job.
“The three girls have been safely re-united with their families and the Government wishes to assure Lagosians that their security is top priority and it will not relent in ensuring that Lagos remains safe and secure.
“As our daughters are re-united with their mothers and other members of their families, I would like to seize this opportunity to wish all mothers in Lagos State and Nigeria at large a happy Mothers’ Day.”