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​Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum

Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum
Adetona Odukomaiya , Technical Director of the Lagos State Scrabble Association, on Friday said plans were underway to add scrabble to schools ’ curriculum in the state .

Odukomaiya told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association had been working closely with the State Ministry of Education to ensure its implementation .

“ We have introduced scrabble as a game in all schools in Lagos state . We are now adding scrabble to the schools ’ curriculum in the state .

“ We have coaches who go into the schools to train the students every day . Scrabble is all about English Language and introducing it will increase the vocabulary of the students .

“ It will also make them much more aware of English words and help them in their final result in English language in WAEC examinations and others.

“ It is also going to open up the students to the advantage of playing scrabble , such as getting scholarships , ’’ he said .

Odukomaiya described the state as the hub of scrabble in Nigeria , adding that the state was working hard to produce the next world champion .

He expressed hope that the Lagos Classic would be held later this year or in 2018 .

NAN reports that the state won the 2017 Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship .


Kidnappers on the prowl again,  write another Lagos school vowing to abduct students 

 Kidnappers write to another Lagos school, vow to abduct pupils

Afeez Hanafi

There is palpable fear at the Lagos State Model College , Kankon , Badagry , as kidnappers have threatened to abduct some pupils and staff members of the school .

It was learnt that the kidnappers sent two letters of the same content to the junior and senior sections of the college respectively .

This is just as the daughter of a councillorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Odi Olowo Local Council Development Association, Ilupeju , Bode Adeosun , was reportedly abducted.

PUNCH Metro gathered on Wednesday that that the letters sent to Kankon were posted on the corridors leading to the offices of the two principals .

In the letters sighted by our correspondent , the kidnappers claimed responsibility for the abduction of six pupils of the Lagos State Model College , Igbonla , Epe , who had spent 28 days in captivity .

They vowed to abduct six pupils from Kankon , as well as the two principals of the college , boasting that nothing could stop them.

A copy of the letters read , “ Kidnappers are visiting the school the same way we did at Igbonla , Epe . We are going to capture three pupils from senior school and three from junior school . We are kidnapping both principals .

“ We are coming in two days’ time . No security put in place will stop us from gaining entry and fulfilling our mission as stated in this letter . Be expecting us,. .€ !”

Our correspondent learnt that the letters were sent to the college about two weeks ago , while the security agencies and the state government were alerted .

Policemen and soldiers were said to have been deployed in the school .

However , when the ultimatum given by the suspects elapsed , the security presence around the school reportedly reduced , which caused panic.

Some parents , who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had initially wanted to keep the threat secret , but decided otherwise due to the reduction in the number of operatives manning the school .

One of the parents said he had visited his ailing son , who is in Junior Secondary School , on Saturday, June 10 , when he saw one of the letters.

“ As I was passing by the principal’ s office , I saw a notice and stopped to read it. I was shocked when I read the content. The principal was not around at that time , but I alerted some staff members present.

“ I informed the Parents Forum Association chairman , who contacted the school authorities . The government and security agencies had also been informed .

“ A large number of policemen and soldiers were initially deployed in the school . There were also security vans patrolling the school surroundings .

“ But when I went back four days after , the number of security men had reduced considerably . I saw only two policemen at the school gate . ”

Another parent said he was at the school on Wednesday (yesterday ) to assess the security situation, but was disappointed, urging the government to take the threat seriously.

He also lamented that the school fence was very low while there were bushes at the back of the premises, which could be exploited by the hoodlums .

He said , “ Part of the bushes had been cleared upon the threat , but there are still a lot to be done . The school fence needs to be raised . There should be light around the fence for safety at night . ”

A parent called for massive security around the school , saying some insiders could be aiding the hoodlums .

“ There is a Nigerian Air Force base near the school ; the threat should not be taken for granted , ” she added .

The PFA Chairman , Mr . Wale Alo , said the case was reported at the Akpa Police Post and Area K Command , Badagry .

He said , “ We have been trying to beef up security . The state government sent policemen and military personnel. The school also employed some vigilantes to secure the school , especially at night . I learnt that the deputy governor is aware. Although the handwriting on the letters looks like that of a child , the content is beyond any pupil’ s reasoning . The school is a little bit far from the waterside , but we must not leave anything to chance . ”

A member of staff of the college , who begged not to be named , said security was required in the school .

He said , “ It was the junior school that got the letter first . After three days , the same letter was dropped at the senior school . The school employed local vigilantes after the letter was received . They left after some days , saying the government did not appreciate their effort . They said if anything happened to them in the course of protecting the school , they could be abandoned .

“ These vigilantes are the ones really doing the work. In the middle of the night , they were around the hostels , hiding in the bush . Presently , two policemen are on duty per shift . Once it is 11 pm, they go to sleep. However , five policemen patrol the road leading to the school every day . ”

The school authorities , however , described the letters as a rumour .

One of the two principals , Mr . Sunday Fadaunsi , said , “ We regard the letters as a rumour . Parents and pupils have been circulating it, but nobody can come up with any letter . ”

When asked about the security measures put in place in the school , he said , “ the deputy governor is handling that . ”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy , Mr . Steve Ayorinde, said the government was aware of the letter , adding that the security of the school , pupils and staff was guaranteed.

He said , “ We are aware and the security agencies are on high alert and alive to their responsibility . Whether it is a threat or a prank , the Lagos State Government will not yield any of its schools or pupils to the evil machinations of kidnappers . We shall secure our schools and every pupil and tutor . The police and other security agencies are up to the task . This is an assurance to the Model College , Kankon , and the general public . ”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole , said the police had beefed up security in the school and other colleges in the coastal areas of the state .

“ There is intelligence report that these people (kidnappers ) may perpetrate criminal acts at model colleges. The police are using proactive measures to fortify the schools , including Kankon , to prevent what happened in model college , Igbonla .

“ The Area Commander , Area K , said there is an adequate police presence at the school and there was no cause for alarm . ”

Meanwhile , the APC councillorship candidate ’ s daughter, Bukola Adeosun , was allegedly kidnapped around 9 pm on Tuesday while she was sent on an errand to Shilon Street , Ilupeju , with her younger sister.

Her father , Bode , said the abductors contacted him around 1 . 30 am on Wednesday with a hidden number.

He said “ Bukola , was sent on an errand with her younger sister, but only the little sister came back .

“ Around 1 . 39 am , we got a call from the kidnappers confirming that Bukola is in their custody .

“ I believe the kidnap of my daughter has some political undertone since local council election is coming up next week. ”

The state PPRO said a case of missing person was reported to the police .

He said , “ The family said she went to buy fish around 10 pm , but she didn ’ t return . We are investigating. She is an adult. ”
Source: The Punch 

Lagos resumes sales of Lake Rice to celebrate Sallah

Sallah: LASG resumes sales of LAKE Rice

The Lagos State Government said it would resume the sales of LAKE Rice at approved retail outlets across the state from Monday , June 19 , ahead of the Eid – el – fitr .

The state ’ s Commissioner for Agriculture , Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau , said this on Sunday while reviewing the modalities for the distribution of the rice across the state .

Suarau said that the sales would be part of the state government ’ s commitment to ensure food security and help residents sail through the current economic recession.

According to him , the rice which has been subsidised to ensure affordability is fresh and safe for consumption.

“ The selling of the rice is auspicious , especially , with regards to the forthcoming Eid – el – fitr.

“ The ministry will ensure a fair distribution of the rice across the state and ensure that the product is available during the festive period .

“’The prices of the product have not changed : a 50 kg bag will sell for N12 , 000 while each bag of the 25 kg and 10 kg are going to be sold for N6 , 000 and N2 , 500 respectively , ’’ he said .

The commissioner listed the approved sales ’ outlets to include : Lagos State Agric Input Supply Authority Centres at Ojo, Ajah, Odogunyan in Ikorodu, and Epe .

Other will include the secretariats of all the 57 local government and local council development areas in the state .

He said they would also be available at the Agricultural Development Area Complex at Oko – Oba, Agege ; LTV8 Complex in Agidingbi; the State Universal Basic Education Board complex at Maryland ; the Government Technical College premises at Idimu – Alimosho and the Eko Farmers Mart , in Surulere .

​Cult members from Ilorin throw rival into Lagos lagoon

Cult members from Ilorin throw rival into Lagos lagoon

Afeez Hanafi

A suspected cult member identified as Ahmed Suleiman is being held in police custody for allegedly killing a man said to be a member of a rival gang .

PUNCH Metro learnt that 27 – year- old Suleiman connived with two others at large to throw the victim , whose name had yet to be ascertained , into a lagoon on Carter Bridge, Ebute Ero , Lagos State .

It was gathered that the suspects had trailed their target from Ilorin , Kwara State , to Lagos .

The three- man gang was said to have accosted the victim around 11 . 30 am on Monday , tied his hands to the back and threw him into the lagoon .

Our correspondent learnt that some passengers on a yellow commercial bus , popularly called Danfo , saw the victim being hauled off towards the edge of the bridge and raised the alarm .

In a split second , the suspects executed their plan and fled the scene . A transport worker was said to have given them a chase and tracked down Suleiman .

The body had yet to be recovered from the lagoon as of 12 pm on Wednesday .

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the area , Nurudeen Olalekan , said the suspect initially told them that the act was to avenge the death of his child , who was allegedly killed by the victim .

Olalekan said , “ We saw all of them walking together towards the spot. The victim was in the middle , but we never knew they were going to kill him . Immediately some passengers shouted, they threw him into the lagoon and took to their heels .

“ One of our members went after them. One of them crossed to the other side of the road and escaped . He pushed the two others to the ground , but before we got to the scene , one had escaped .

“ He told us he avenged his son ’ s death . He later said that the three of them were cult members and based in Ilorin with the victim . He said the victim was a member of a rival gang and that they all left Ilorin because of cult clashes. ”

Another eyewitness , Adekunle Onike , said the suspect was handed over to the police at the Ebute Ero Police Division to avert jungle justice .

“ We learnt he had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Yaba , from the station , ” he added .

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole , said the police had launched a manhunt for other fleeing suspects .

He said , “ The suspect , Ahmed Suleiman , has no fixed address . He and two others allegedly tied a man and threw him into the lagoon . Scene of the crime was visited by detectives . Suleiman has been arrested while effort is being made to arrest other fleeing suspects and recover the body . ”
Source : The Punch 

How Chairman of Motorcycle Riders, Hamburger, was murdered in the heat of APC primaries in Lagos 

Lagos APC violence: How Hamburger was shot twice


Olalekan Olabulo

Palpable grief, tension and fears have continued to grip residents of Sogunle and Ladipo areas of Oshodi in Lagos State following last Monday’s gruesome murder of the Branch C chairman of the Motorcycle Owners Association of Lagos State, an affiliate of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Rasak Bello, popularly known as Hamburger. Bello was killed during the primary to select the councillorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sogunle ward.

Residents have since Monday bemoaned the cruel fate that befell the community following the death of Hamburger, whom they described as “a great philanthropist.” He was said to have single-handedly lit up more than 10 streets with streetlight, which according to them, he was powering daily. The deceased transport union boss also provided free potable water for some streets in the community.

When Saturday Tribune visited the Saka Street, Sogunle home of Hamburger on Thursday, commercial activities were returning around the area but tension was still high as mobile and conventional policemen continued to patrol the street and neighbouring streets .

Contrary to the reports that Hamburger was killed at the venue of the APC primary, one of the aides of the deceased who was with him till he breathed his last, Saheed Sulaimon, who has been assisting the police at Area F Police Command with information on the murder, said Hamburger was killed while trying to save another person who was shot.

Every mourner and family member at the deceased’s house pointed to Sulaimon as the prime witness to the tragedy. When Saturday Tribune sought to know how the incident happened, Sulaimon said he was on his way to brief the leadership of the NURTW in the state on how Hamburger lost the battle of life. Our correspondent had to follow him to the union’s secretariat and waited for more than two hours before he finally granted him an audience .

Sulaimon’s story

“My name is Saheed Sulaimon. I have known Hamburger for more than 25 years. I am not directly working under his okada union but I used to buy cow and other things for him whenever he had social engagements or when he wanted to give such as gifts. He was my boss. He was also my benefactor. We were very close. He even promised me a place whenever there is any opening in any of the units under him. He gave me money every Friday.

“On Monday, he called me and said that the APC would be having the primary for councillorship aspirants at the Sogunle town hall at Ago Owu Street, at the back of the police station. He told me to come for the event. I got there at 8 o’clock in the morning. I got there before him and when I told him that I was there and that they had not started, he told me to wait. By 9 o’clock, people started coming and I called him again and he asked me if councillor had come. I told him no and he still told me to wait that the INEC staff who would conduct the primary were coming.

“At about 11.30 in the morning, the INEC staff came and I called to inform him. Alhaji Rasak told me that he was coming. He came around 12 o’clock in the afternoon. When he got there, he greeted everybody and he went to where a police van was parked and sat on the back. He was fiddling with his phone. The patrol van was owned by Sogunle police station.

“About 15 minutes later, Mr Samson Agbetoye, popularly known as Golden Son, came with about 20 people. They stayed at the Opo Osun junction, which is not far from the venue of the primary. They were at Opo Osun junction when some boys came to inform Alhaji Rasak that Samson had come but he told them to remain calm. At that point, he walked up to where Samson and his people were and asked him, ‘Samson, didn’t you see me?’ Samson then came to him and prostrated before him and even hugged Alhaji Rasak but when he was leaving, he said he had only one boss and that was Oluomo.

“One of the women on queue reported to Rasak that Samson threatened them but he assured them that there was no problem and told her to return to the queue. Some minutes later, the policemen wanted to leave the venue and Alhaji Rasak stood up from the vehicle and went to the front of Alhaji Adeogun’s house on Ayinke Street, which is also not far from the venue. Samson and his boys remained at the venue of the primary. Some of them wore dark glasses.

“The people on queue remained under the sun. That was because the earlier primary election was disrupted by Samson and his gang. There were three contestants. They were yet to conclude the first exercise when it was disrupted. Alhaji Rasak kept assuring the voters that there was no problem. And not quite some minutes after that, we saw a bus approaching. The people in the bus shot into the air on three occasions. People rushed to call Alhaji Rasak where he was sitting at Ayinke street. I saw and recognized those who came with the bus.

“By the time that Alhaji Rasak returned from Ayinke Street, they (those who came to shoot) had gone to Ago Owu where their leader formerly had a sports betting shop. The business is not operational again but he is still maintaining the shop. Alhaji Rasak went to the policemen and asked them why they would allow some people to scare voters at the town hall with guns but the policemen replied him that ‘ but you are all APC. You all know one another. There is no PDP among you.’ Alhaji Rasak left and went back to where he was sitting on Ayinke Street but before leaving the venue of the primary, he still assured the voters that there was no problem.

“After some time, Alhaji Rasak came back and told the voters to go home. He beckoned on me to go with him. I, Owoh, Askari and Ibadan followed him and he repeatedly warned us not to foment trouble On the way along Ago Owu, he was conversing with someone on telephone. We did not know the person that he was speaking with on the phone. When we got to where Samson and his boys were sitting, Alhaji Rasak called and excused Samson who came closer to him. Alhaji Rasak asked why he should be disturbing the peace of the community with shooting. The two of them were talking when Samson raised his shirt and displayed a gun which was under the shirt to Alhaji Rasak. At that point, Alhaji Rasak kept warning us not to foment trouble. He turned to return to where he was sitting at Ayinke. When he was going to where Samson and his people were sitting, I told him not to go but he insisted that for peace to reign, he would go and talk to him.

“As we stepped into Simbi Street, we heard a gunshot. Alhaji Rasak quickly went back. A guy who was later identified as Ijoba Small was discovered shot. We saw the boy hailing Alhaji Rasak when we were leaving. That was why he came back to rescue that boy.

“As he (Hamburger) bent down to rescue the boy, he was shot. And when he stood up again and attempted to walk towards Simbi, he was shot again, this time, on the back. By that time he was very weak and blood was gushing out of his nose. He wanted to fall down but I allowed him to rest on me. Those people threw bottles and other things at us. I was very lucky I was not injured. I told him to let us go to the hospital. We were walking through Simbi Street. He became very weak and was about to fall down. I shouted help! help! and Najeem, Askari and others came. We stopped a commercial bus and we headed straight to his hospital. I know his hospital very well in Ladipo. He was breathing very heavily and loudly in the bus.

“When we got to the hospital, the nurse and the doctor quickly attended to him. They even brought an oxygen to be used on him. When the owner of the hospital came down, he examined him and beat him repeatedly on the chest. Suddenly, he (the doctor) shouted ‘who did this to him?’ I asked him what happened and he told me, ‘Baba Oja, take heart, Hamburger is dead.’ I instantly picked my phone and called his elder brother, Fatai Bello, and broke the news to him. He was at home then. By the time he came to the hospital, some policemen had also come from Area F and his corpse was taken to the morgue.”

On if there was any rift between Samson and Hamburger before the Monday incident, Sulaimon said, “yes, there was a time they were not in good terms but the community leader settled it for them. The rift then was on superiority and Alhaji Rasak had even forgotten about that.”

Baba Oja, as Sulaimon is fondly called, also told Saturday Tribune that Hamburger had earlier been told that there were attempts on his life. He said “we heard that there were attempts to kill him during the last Sogunle Day celebration but it was not possible. I believe they were targeting him.”

Samson (Golden Son) could not be reached for his reaction as he was said to have gone into hiding as a result of the violence that followed the killing of Hamburger.

Another resident of the area who identified himself simply as Akeem said, “He (Hamburger) was fasting on that day. If he had any intention of fomenting trouble, he would have gone to the venue of the election well armed. He went there with just two people. One of them was his neighbour. Only three of them left his house. He was even telling some boys who wanted to follow him to stay back saying he was not a politician.”

As of Thursday evening, the police in the state were yet to make any arrest in connection with the Monday incident while efforts were in top gear to transfer the case to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigations.
Source: Tribune 

Why kidnappers target schools

Why kidnappers target schools

By Abdullateef Aliyu & Eugene Agha,

Two weeks ago, kidnappers stormed the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, where they kidnapped six students. The incident is the second such attack on the school within a year. Daily Trust reports the harrowing situation in the riverine community, and peers into possibilities why kidnappers target schools.

Parents, experts blame poor security

Igbonla, in the Yoruba language, literally translates to not just a big forest that boasts wild game and demons, it is one with intimidating qualities. A developing community in Epe, an old town in Lagos State, may have in the distant past been such a forest, but today it is simply an agrarian setting, innocent and unintimidating.

Igbonla is actually about 20 minutes drive from the Epe metropolis. It is surrounded by other communities like Ilara, Ibonwon and Iji. It is just like any other rural community in Epe, but is distinguished by the presence of a college, which runs a full-time boarding system with thousands of students enrolled in its junior and senior secondary schools. A drive towards the community from the Ibonwon junction, with borders of thick forest, allows a suggestion that Igbonla, indeed, has a history of intimidating credentials.

But today, rather than be intimidating, it is Igbonla that is being intimidated. Twice within one year, kidnappers had stormed the Lagos Model College, the only landmark that announces the community as a centre for educational tourism. Penultimate Thursday, May 25, 2017 when the kidnappers came calling again, they made away with six students. Till yesterday, their victims were still in their custody as the kidnappers continue to engage the students’ individual parents in discussions on ransom.

The second kidnap incident has thrown the community into chaos. The exodus of students of the school being dragged home by their parents, Daily Trust observed Thursday, aptly illustrates the disorder Igbonla is suffering.

The arrest on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State, of three of the kidnappers who abducted the students has done nothing to calm nerves in the community. The police may have succeeded in nabbing Egelu Endurance, alias Jubby, 25; Stanley Yomi Irabomini, 25 and Bentel Endurance, 24, all of whom the police said had confessed to being part of the ruthless gang of kidnappers that abducted the students, but the more important freedom of the girls remains a worry. By yesterday, there was still no news of the release of any of the abductees.

The kidnap of the students – Yusuf Farouk, Ramon Isiaka, Pelumi Philips, Peter Jonas, Adebanjo George and Judah Agbaosim – has deepened the apprehension that has been the lot of the school authorities and the people of the town in general since gunmen first stormed the school in October 2016 and took away two teachers and four students. They later demanded the sum of N20 million per head as ransom before they would release their victims, which they did after collecting the ransom, the exact sum which was not disclosed.

When Daily Trust visited the community during the week, students were yet to resume after the incident, and it was not clear they would resume any moment soon. About five policemen have been stationed at the school since the incident, while another patrol vehicle belonging to men of the Rapid Response Squad could be seen within the school.

The private security man at the gate prevented access into the premises, insisting there was an order from above not to allow anyone in. But a peep inside showed that there was no student in the premises, while only few teachers were around. “You can see the students have vacated the school since the incident happened, so what else are you looking for?” the security man snapped.

The community is suffering from the aftermath. Business transactions are dwindling, while some residents have been relocating to safer places for fear of the unknown. A neighbouring community, Iji, through whose waterway the kidnappers accessed the school, is said to be completely deserted. Residents of Igbonla and the neighbouring communities are crying to the federal and state governments to provide adequate security at the school to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

Mr. Wakilu Shuaib, a fisherman who resides in the community, is angry that all levels of government “have failed to act after the first incident” and maintained that political leaders and the security agencies seemed to be waiting until another kidnap happens in the school.

Shuaib said, “I am a fisherman but since the incident happened, I can no longer go to the river to work. Those women who produce gari cannot also go to their farms. We are not happy with what has happened to us. This is just a small community, yet we are being reduced in number everyday because of these attacks.

“You can take a walk around this community; you can count the number of houses in the village. This school is our pride, it is the only thing that gives us visibility. If not for this school, nobody would have known about this community. But it is so shameful and sad that this thing is happening to us. It is our hope and prayers that these students are returned safely because whatever happens to this school indirectly happens to us. Already, many people have been forced to leave this community for fear, as we don’t know when another attack will happen.”

As the fisherman said, the location of the school at Igbonla has been the community’s pride and has thrown it up into public consciousness. Unfortunately, it has also seemingly become Igbonla’s albatross. So what is the special attraction for kidnappers in the model college?

Shuaib said, “Even here, we wonder what can be the special attraction for kidnappers to this school. But some of us believe it is because they think many of the parents of the students here are rich and they can easily get huge ransom from them. We didn’t know how much they collected from parents the last time they came, so maybe that encouraged them.”

He appealed, “We need soldiers and naval men here to support the policemen. We need to have more security officers around to keep surveillance on the school and, by extension, the community. “I remember when the first incident happened, we thought they were Boko Haram people that came around and there was confusion in the community. Other students also scampered out of the premises and I am among the people that rescued them from the gully. I am imagining the trauma those kids would have gone through. Our appeal is for government to find a lasting solution to these frequent attacks by these so-called militants.”

Another resident of the community who identified herself as Mrs. Iyabo Olawale tasked the management of the school to improve the security of the school in order to protect the students. Mrs Olawale said, “Government should raise the school fence and probably install CCTV cameras that would signal security agents anytime these people are coming. This attack was similar to the first one. They came in through the water and left through the same riverside.”

Asked how the community reacted when they heard about the incident, she said, “We heard many gunshots in the early hours of Thursday and we thought the shots were fired by security agents who were patrolling the community. It was when we woke up that we got the news that some students had been kidnapped. We were taken aback because we never expected that this thing would happen again after the first incident.”

Parents of the kidnapped pupils have also been taking a swipe on the school authorities and government over what they called the authorities’ insensitivity to their plight. The parents, who met at Epe last Sunday to deliberate on the incident, confirmed that the kidnappers had established contact with them demanding N400m ransom.

But contrary to what Shuaib believed was the reason the kidnappers have made the school their target, the parents disclosed that the kidnappers made it clear to them that their grievances were against the government and the school authorities. But why the school authorities? The parents said the kidnappers didn’t expatiate; they only expressed concern on the frequent kidnap cases involving schools and urged the government to do more in area of security.

One of the parents, Pastor Samuel Akinola, said that they were told on arrival by some residents that the suspects entered the community through the Imeru/Iji waterways, and gained entry into the school premises after they had pulled down a portion of its back fence. The pastor noted that the school, which is located beside a swampy forest, should have been reinforced with armed security manning the back of the school, particularly after the last incident.

He also pointed out that last year’s incident should have prompted the state government to provide enhanced security for the students. He said, “These are children who should have their lectures under a conducive environment and not in a situation like this where fear is boldly written on the faces of the students. I am urging the state government to tighten security in the area. These children are our future. If the security is better, parents will bring back their children.”

The parents of the abducted students are livid with anger despite the arrest of the three suspects. Two mothers of some of the students reluctantly spoke in annoyance, condemning the government for “not improving security in the school” after the first incident. “You don’t need to interview us because this is not the first time something like this is happening. The concerned authorities should have done something about it by now. We are not happy with the situation and we don’t know if we can bring them back to this school even if the security is better,” one of them snapped.

Another, Mrs. Bolaji Eniola, noted that her children were yet to recover from the trauma which they went through in the previous incident. She said, “It is very bad they are making the children to go through this trauma. Now, another one has happened. We cannot keep our children where it is not safe and I don’t know if I can bring them back to this school.”

Another parent, Mrs Deola Daodu, said government should urgently address the porous security in the school. She said, “The state governor should come here himself to see how bad things are and how vulnerable our kids are. We pay our children’s school fees and if you fail to pay, your child will not be allowed in. But what have they done to justify the school fees we pay? The fence at the back is small. One does not need to enter inside the school compound to see the environment inside. I don’t know why we should bring our children here to suffer.”

Mrs Daodu disclosed that parents have resolved to bring back their children only if the government improves on the security situation around the school. “This place has become a centre for hoodlums who will just come and kidnap children and be demanding for ransom. Only God knows how the children are right now,” she added.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, D Department, Joshak Habila, described it as unfortunate. He, however, urged members of the public to be more security conscious, noting that those who abducted the school kids live in a house within a community and are known by members of the community.

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Tunde Braimoh, urged residents, including religious and traditional leaders in the Epe area to end the activities of kidnappers by providing intelligence reports to security operatives.

Braimoh, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly committee on Information, Strategy and Security, noted that residents of the area had a role to play in ending the incessant harassment and kidnapping by gunmen, and needed to rise to the occasion.

He said, “The criminals are not spirits; they are human beings and they cannot do these things alone. If the people assist government with intelligence, such will not arise. If the people around that locality want to get rid of these incidents, they can. The criminals don’t fly or jump from heaven.”

A retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Ambrose Aisabo, blamed the spate of kidnapping on the high unemployment rate in the country, as well as on greed. Aisabo said the reason why kidnappers have made schools their targets, is because of the realisation that provision in schools was not adequate.

In a chat with Daily Trust, the retired AIG said, “The schools are vulnerable. The kidnappers believe parents of such students are prepared to pay any amount of money to rescue their children. They feel when they go to schools to kidnap, the level of resistance is very small, compared to when they kidnap in main towns. The security men in schools are not armed, and once it is 11 or so, they have slept off. And that is why it keeps recurring.”

He called for improved security, as well as improvement in the economic conditions of Nigerians, adding that government should try as much as possible to ensure that majority of Nigerians enjoy dividends of democracy. “They should try as much as possible to make things less difficult for average Nigerians,” he said.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, blamed the siting of schools close to rivers as one of the reasons that have made students vulnerable attacks from criminals, saying that kidnappers take advantage of the dangerous swampy areas to attack. He cited the area where the Nigerian-Turkish International School is located, as well as where most model colleges are built, as examples.

Owoseni also accused proprietors of schools of not providing adequate security arrangements despite collecting huge fees from parents. He, however, assured that the command now has an improved police visibility in and around the metropolis to thwart kidnapping. He also called on residents of such areas to avail the police with useful information about the movement of strange faces in their community, stressing that it was only by doing so that the police can combat crime effectively.

Owoseni said, “We need the people to volunteer useful information to the police. We also encourage people to be security conscious. Report the movement or the presence of strange faces in your area to the police. You may be saving a life close to you if you do so.”

Source: Daily Trust 

Badoo boys strike again, wipe out Ikorodu family, take out pregnant woman’s unborn baby

Badoo Boys wipe out Ikorodu family, take out pregnant woman’s unborn baby

By Evelyn Usman & Joseph Undu

LAGOS— Again, Badoo Boys struck in Ikorodu area of Lagos, killing a man, his pregnant wife and two children. One of the children, suspected to have been raped, was still lying unconscious in the hospital at 6p.m., yesterday.

Vanguard gathered that four members of the gang stormed Mr. Israel Olusanya’s home at Itamaga, Radio Area of Erunwen at 1a.m., on Tuesday, in a black SUV. 46-year-old Olusanya was a farmer, while his wife was a teacher.

The assailants gained entry into the apartment through a window, smashed the Olusanya’s heads with a grinding stone, ripped the pregnant woman’s womb open and removed the foetus.

A resident, who claimed to have seen them leaving the building, disclosed that the killers wore hoods.

The family (inset) and their home.

When Vanguard visited the bungalow, erected close to a canal, a relative of the deceased, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described his brother’s death as unfortunate, adding “my brother, his pregnant wife, Oriyomi, and two children—Wale, 10, and Semilore, five—died.

“We found the first daughter unconscious and naked, with a black cloth tied round her head. She is still in the hospital as I speak. They used grinding stones on them and nothing was removed from the house to indicate they were robbers.”

Another resident, Olagunsoye Oribami, said: “What happens in a community where constituted authorities cannot provide security? What could his pregnant wife have done to warrant such ill-treatment?

“His two children killed with a mortar. It is so sad to see that Baddo gang has not been neutralised. What is the function of police in Ikorodu, when they cannot give us peace of mind?”

The remains of Olusanyo, who hailed from Ikorodu, was buried in his compound yesterday, while those of his wife and two children will be buried today.

Describing the family as a peace-loving, a resident revealed that 40 persons have been killed by Badoo Boys so far , calling on security operatives to step up, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

Some of them accused some traditional rulers in the area of sponsoring the group.
Source: Vanguard