It has been 21 harrowing days since the forceful abduction of six pupils from Igbonla Model College, Epe, Lagos by daredevil kidnappers.
The kidnappers had reportedly on Thursday 25th June, broken down the school fence to gain entrance into the premises and headed straight to the boys hostels where they initially took 10 students. Four out of the 10 student were later released by the kidnappers.
The names of the six students who are still in captivity are given as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf.
Assurances have since been given by the Lagos State Police Command that rescue operation has been underway as the high anxious parents of the abducted students appeal to the Lagos State Government to help them meet the ransom demands of the kidnappers for the release of their children.
In the face of this very incident, social commentators have raised questions that bothered them on the issue of kidnapping especially of school children in Lagos State in recent times.
For instance, there are questions about what the schools and security agencies are doing to beef up security in our primary and secondary schools. The question draws attention to the situation whereby we have only “getemen” whose job is only to close and open gates in the schools. These so called “gatemen” do not have arms or any equipment to help them secure the school and protect the students against any dangerous external forces.
It has even been gathered that letters had even been written to some school authorities in the past by kidnappers forewarning them of about attacks they are about to carry out in their schools.
It is true that the Nigerian security agencies have been trying their best to provide security for the life and property of the over 170 million Nigerians, the high rate of crime and other violent sociopolitical and economic crisis necessitated in parts by the current economic recession the nation is facing, pose great challenge.