The Anglican Primate, Arch Bishop Nicholas Okoh, has commended the Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni for the rescue of the three girls abducted from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary.
Arch Bishop Okoh, who led a delegation from the Anglican Church, praised the promptness of the rescue efforts for the abducted schoolgirls.
Describing his visit as a “thank you visit”, he told Channels TV that the Church was grateful for “what the Police has done under the leadership of the Governor of the state”.
“We believe that they have performed exceptionally well,” he said.
Speaking about the kidnap of the girls, he said, “I was very devastated because (they were) young women out in the cold day and night. We couldn’t sleep.
“So when we got the news that they have been rescued, we bounced back.”
He disclosed that the Anglican Church has since raised the standard of security at the school in terms of physical structure and also employed more security personnel to guard the school.
“We seek to work more closely with the Police and other security agencies,” he added.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police said that the visit was a morale booster which would encourage the Police to do more.
The three female students who were abducted from the Babington Junior Seminary in Ikorodu, Lagos State have been released.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni says the girls were found at the Igbokuta area of Ikorodu.
Mr. Owoseni says the girls are hale and hearty and were not molested by their abductors.
The Police Commissioner also disclosed to Channels Television that three arrests have been made in line with the abduction.
The gunmen on February 29 gained entry into the school, by breaking the perimeter fence which served as protection for the boarding students and forcefully took the girls away.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has also confirmed the release of the girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu and at the same time their abductors have been arrested.
The Governor announced this in a press briefing at the government house in Alausa, Lagos.
Governor Ambode also assured the people of Lagos State of his administration’s zero tolerance to all criminal activities in the state.
A worrisome report has purportedly been posted by Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the islamists insurgent group, Boko Haram online claiming they have made incursion into Lagos, South West Nigeria.
The video, AFP claimed, made available to them, shows Shekau claiming responsibility for the explosion which he said the Police and the Lagos State Government said resulted from gas cylinder.
Shekau said “I ordered the bomber to detonate the explosive.”
The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, had dispelled the claims as mere industrial accident and that the incident had nothing to do with Boko Haram activities.
Mr. Manko asked Lagosians to carry on with their daily activities and as far as Lagos State was concerned there was nothing to fear as regard Boko Haram attacks.
Shekau has now been quoted to have said “A bomb went off in Lagos. I ordered (the bomber) who went and detonated it.
“You said it was a fire incident, well, if you hide it from people you cannot hide it from Allah.”
Claiming responsibility for the bombing of Lagos, the leader of Boko Haram sect also said that the sect was responsible for the Abuja bombings that killed many people at Emah Plaza, located in the Federal Capital Territory.
“We were the ones who detonated the bomb in filthy Abuja,” Shekau said.