Gunmen Abduct Principals, Students From Lagos School

Gunmen have abducted the principals and some students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe.

The gunmen stormed the school on Thursday morning during the school’s morning assembly.

Lagos State Model College

Both the principal of the Junior Secondary School and that of the Senior Secondary School were abducted along with the students.

It was gathered that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, Commander of the Rapid Response Squad, ACP Tunji Disu, have visited the school and investigations are ongoing.

Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Lagos School Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

School KidnapInformation reaching us has it that the six kidnapped victims from the Lagos State Model College, Igbo – Nla in Epe Area of Lagos have been released by their abductors.

The victims are four students, the school principal and his vice kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college and whisked away the victims. Two of the kidnapped persons were swiftly rescued by the Police operatives.

The kidnappers later reportedly demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the other victims to regain freedom. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this.

School Kidnap: Abductors Of Students, Officials In Lagos Make Demands

Gunmen Abduct , Lagos, Epe, Model College, Gunmen,The abductors of vice principals, a teacher and pupils of Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom.

A source told Channels Television on Friday that the gunmen alleged to be from the south-south region headed towards Ogbere River to link up the Ogun River.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the decoy marine team in search of the victims.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Two of the eight people kidnapped from school were rescued on Thursday by the Police operatives.

Meanwhile, nine suspects have been arrested over last week’s abduction of the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Margaret Emefiele along Benin-Agbor road.

The suspects who were arrested with millions of Naira by officers of the intelligence response team in Edo, Delta and Benue states are one each from Delta and Benue states and six Fulanis.

One more suspect has also been arrested in the kidnap of some landlords in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun state.

The latest arrest brings to five the number of suspects in police custody.

Lagos State Powers Model College With Solar Energy

IMG_8315Lagos State in south-west Nigeria has introduced Solar energy powered panels in public schools to give the students and their teachers uninterrupted power supply.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday inaugurated the first of the panels installed in Model College, Meiran, promising that 172 of such panel would be installed in different secondary schools across the State in the first phase.

At the school in Meiran, Agbado Oke- Odo Local Council Development Area, the Governor,  said it was the State’s answer to the failure of steady public power supply and also part of adaptation in order to respond to current global environmental challenges on reducing carbon dioxide emissions across the world.

He explained that the school would now be powered by renewable energy and that with very reliable maintenance, the unit would serve the College for the next 25 years.

He added that the project would cover all the schools in the State and some critical health facilities.

“We have done the one for the Epe Health Centre last week. We are flagging off today the first one of the 172 schools that are in the first phase.”

The Governor commended the Tutor Generals for their contributions and urged the students to continue to work hard, expressing delight in the progress that has been made since 2007.

He expressed satisfaction with the performance of students who have done well, saying: “Some see it as failure and that is the advertisement that you get but I am proud that from seven per cent we have climbed to 45 percent pass. We got on that ladder and we will get to the top of that ladder and this investment will help us consolidate those gains and now provide reliable internet services that already are existing in your schools”.

Partnership With Google

In her address while conducting the Governor round the facility, the General Manager of Eko Electricity Project, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the facility would give the pupils improved access to the internet.

She added that the facility, which had been provided in conjunction with EKO Project, would serve as an outdoor resource room where all the pupils would  be able to have all their textbooks on a tablet and can also go online to check different things and different books.

She explained that through the project, the EKO project had also established a partnership with Google which would allow global students who would have access to all the different projects and all the titles from primary through secondary to tertiary level. she said that the students could always go back to the materials and check on their titles and the different ways things work.

In an interview after the commissioning, Governor Fashola said the new initiative was a planned and organised approach to resuscitating education from its challenges.

“It started in 1999 with rebuilding the schools, rebuilding the classrooms, furniture, books, teacher training welfare, and now the results have improved as a result of it.

“Apart from the fact that the world is moving on and the ability of Nigeria to leapfrog with technology is dependent on technology and electricity and one can buy all of the technology in the world and connect to the internet or the hotspot but what is uppermost is how to get electricity to power it,” Governor Fashola stressed.

He reiterated that while opponents condemned the results in public examinations, the State saw them as progress because for the state it was a journey from seven per cent to 45 per cent pass and one that had increased the people’s confidence in public schools.

He added that over 50 per cent of people now say they prefer their children to attend public schools at primary school while over 60 per cent say that they prefer them in public secondary schools compared to the number available before.

He said the Solar project was about sustaining what the State Government had been able to achieve, adding that credence has been given by the testimonies of the teachers that EKO Project has brought a lot of benefits to the public schools in Lagos.

The governorship candidate  of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Akniwunmi Ambode, who was also at the handing over ceremony, said Lagos had established a tradition of excellence and that his main message was about continuity of that tradition.

He said the people of Lagos do not want to tag along or be subjected to a situation where their leader would come and practice governance of trial and error.

“The state had made tremendous progress in education which would continue,” he said, apparently referring to his chance of taking over from Governor Fashola.

The event was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council including the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser on EKO Project, Ms Ronke Azeez and teaching staff of the institution among others.