Five days after the daredevil broad daylight kidnap of six people including four junior secondary students, the Vice Principal and the English Language/Civil Education teacher of Junior Model College, Igbonla Epe in Lagos state, the Executive Governor of Lagos state, Governor Ambode, has identified waterfront shanties as hideouts for suspected kidnappers and militants and ordered the demolition of such structures in all water ways across the state.
Governor Ambode who spoke at a session with journalists yesterday said: “You will see that most of the issues that we have with kidnappings are being brought up by those who are illegal settlers by the waterfront. We will commence demolition of all the shanties around the creeks in Lagos State and around our waterways in the next seven days. I have given directives to that effect to the appropriate agencies.
The safety of our children and all Lagosians is paramount to this administration. We will not allow a few set of people who come into Lagos and stay on our waterfront illegally to use it as opportunity to kidnap our people. I also want to assure our people that the government is seriously on the issue of the children and the teachers that were kidnapped in the Igbonla Model College and very soon, we will get the victims back.
I believe that the era of kidnapping has come to an end. We are going to review our laws and I can tell you sincerely that we will deal with kidnappers squarely in Lagos from this moment onwards.”
Reports from The Nation Newspaper indicates that the kidnappers have reduced their ransom demand to N30 million from the initial N120 million demanded in their first contact with families of the victim. Our prayers are with the families of the victim in this very trying time.
Written by Kike Olowu