Twenty member of the gang that abducted six Lagos State students for more than two months died in gun battle with the police earlier on Friday, during the rescue operation in the creeks of Ondo State.
Lagos State Commissioner of police, Mr Fatal Owoseni disclosed this at a news conference in Lagos.
He also said one civilian volunteer died, while eight policemen and four other civilian volunteers sustained injuries, Owoseni said that a suspect, who attempted to swindle the parents of the students by asking that they should bring ransom to Abeokuta was arrested. He is, in police custody, he added.
The Police Chief Praised the south west Governors for demonstrating clear commitment to combat crime in the region, saying that the communiqué Issued in Abeokuta with respect to creation of join Security Task Force for the region, is already yielding positive result Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was away in Switzer land delivered a message at the conference through the deputy governor, Oluranti Adebule. Ambode hailed the successful rescue of the six student of Igbonla Model Collage, Epe.
” The issue of security is a social contract that we have signed with the people of Lagos and we would ensure that we do not disappoint. As far as our schools are concerned, we are going back to the drawing board to secure our schools before the next academic session”.
He said he immediately deployed his deputy, Mr Alfred Agboola who is from the riverine area in Ondo, to take up the matter.
He said Agboola swung into action and worked with the Delta State Deputy Governor, as well as security agencies to ensure the safe return of the students.
” He (Governor Ambode) as very committed to it and he expressed readiness to support with the needed resources. Through out the days the students were in captivity, the Lagos State Governor never kept his eyes off the ball and he kept working on it until today that we have the student back, ” Akeredolu said. (NAN)