By Amaka Abayomi
AN advocacy group, The Safe Schools and Communities Advocacy Group, SSCAG, has tasked Lagos State Governor, Akinwumnmi Ambode, and security agencies to take urgent actions towards the rescue of the six secondary school students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who have been languishing in their kidnappers’ den for over 40 days now.
SSCAG was launched on June 30, 2017, by a coalition of trade unions, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in response to the unresolved kidnap of the six students and the rising spate of criminalities in the state.
The students were kidnapped from their dormitories on May 25, and since then, the Police and other security operatives have been giving assurances that they are on top of the situation without any positive outcome.
Empathizing with parents of the students, spokespersons for SSCAG, Comrade Adeola Soetan and ‘Debisi Alokolaro, said the pain the students might be going through is unimaginable.
Their words: “We hereby urge the Lagos State governor to mobilize all relevant security apparatus for the purpose of giving fresh impetus to the rescue efforts of the helpless students. This responsibility can’t be left to their traumatized parents and guardians.
“The unresolved kidnap of the students is an eye opener that our schools and communities are unsafe, therefore, we demand for better security in schools and improved funding of public education.
“This is because when children do not feel safe in school, the result will be a reversal of the gains made in enrolment and literacy over the years. In this sense, the kidnap is also an attack on education and our collective security.”
They added that SSCAG is determined to engage with the state government and security agencies to ensure the children are safely rescued.
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