Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday confirmed the rescue of three school girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, abducted by gunmen on Feb. 29th.
Ambode gave the confirmation at a news conference at the Lagos House, Alausa on the rescue of the girls by security operatives in Sunday morning.
He said that the girls had been re-united with their families.
“The Lagos State Government is extremely pleased to announce that the three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu who were were rescued by security operatives in the early hours of today.
“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,” he said.
Ambode said he was reliably informed that one of the suspected kidnappers, Emmanuel Arigidi, was arrested during the operation to secure the release of the abducted girls.
He commended the Lagos State Police Command, the Department of State Security and members of the armed forces who worked tirelessly to secure the release of the girls.
Ambode warned that kidnapping or any forms of crime would not be tolerated in the state.
“Let me warn that 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.”
The state Commissioner of Police,Mr Fatai Owoseni, said that the girls were hale and hearty and were not molested by their abductors.
He said that the girls were rescued around Imota in Ikorodu.
Owoseni said that no ransom was paid to rescue the girls