…Say there’s nothing to fear
By Monsuru Olowoopejo
lagos—Two days after resumption for the new academic session in Lagos State, four out of the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model College, Epe, who regained their freedom from abductors 43 days ago, have joined their colleagues for academic activities in the school.
It was gathered that the remaining two are expected to resume fully, next week.
The four students who resumed with their colleagues for the new academic session are: Yusuf Faruq, Agbaosi Judah, Isiaka Rahmon and Jonah Peter. The two others still expected are: George Adebanjo and Philips Pelumi.
The students, kidnapped within their school premises in Epe, Lagos by gunmen, were later released on July 30, in Ajapa area of Ondo State after 63 days in captivity.Four Igbonla freed studentS; From left; Yusuf Faruq, Isiaka Rahmon, Perm Sec, Min of Education, Mr Adesida Odeyemi, Agbaosi Judah and Jonah Peter in school after resumption, yesterday. Photo by Monsuru Olowoopejo.
During the visit to the school, it was also observed that the entrance gate had been rehabilitated and construction of watch tower at about 96 percent completion. The toilets and classrooms had also been improved on.
I have nothing to fear – freed student
In an interview, Judah, radiating palpable confidence, said he and the three other kidnapped students resumed on Monday, because they had special flair for their school and that the atmosphere was serene enough for their academic pursuit.
He said: “I feel great resuming with my mates. I believe that nothing bad can happen to us again. I have decided to come back to my school.
“I decided not to go to another school because I like my school, I have nothing to fear. The style of teaching is fantastic. They often give us advantage to ask questions whenever we don’t understand anything. The facilities have improved, especially in the area of security.
“For those that have not resumed, I believe they do not have any reason to be scared because those that encountered the trauma with them have returned to school, why should they not return,” he added.
To boost security, armed policemen deployed from Rapid Response Squad, were seen on the premises.
Speaking on resumption, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adeshina Odeyemi, who led government entourage on a visit to model schools in the axis, including Model College Agunfoye in Igbogbo Bayeku Local Council Development Area, LCDA, assured parents of adequate security within the school and its environs and there was no need to fear.
In order to enhance security, Odeyemi saying: “We have installed an alarm system within the school. The students have been sensitised on how they can use it during emergency.
“We have lit up the schools in order to ensure that security breaches do not re-occur. We have raised the perimeter fence and other security apparatus we can not disclose towards boosting the confidence of parents.
“The entrances to the dormitory have been strengthened to ensure that we do not experience what happened before.”