Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has received the kidnapped eight staff and students of the Nigerian Turkish International College, Isheri, who were rescued after 11 days in their abductors’ custody.
Amosun received them at the Governor’s Office at Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.
The state police commissioner Ahmed Ilyasu who presented them to the governor, said the kidnappers released the eight staff and students, following pressure mounted on them by security operatives from the army, police, department of state security.
Confirming that no ransom was paid, Ilyasu told the Governor that two of the suspected members of the kidnap gang, were arrested during the rescue operation.
Receiving the freed eight students and staff, the Governor said that his administration is working to secure all public and private schools in the state.
Thanking President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for the rescue operation, he promised to meet with the proprietors of schools in the state to discuss new measures to secure their schools.
The governor added precautionary measures would be taken in schools whether public and private across the state to prevent any future occurrence.
“In all our schools now, what we are putting in place is to do some kind of mapping, no matter how far they might be. Our schools must be safe but there are certain precautionary measures that we need to take now. We have gone round all our schools, boarding and those that are not boarding. We are going to rejig our security so that Ogun State will not be a comfort zone for all these criminals.
“Let me assure them that they will pay dearly for this because this is Ogun State, we don’t allow criminals to operate here. Ogun State will not be comfort zone, we will not allow them to operate. So, I have news for them, we will go after them, we will hunt them down so that it would serve as deterrent. We are ready, yes, they would want to dare us and we will continue to be ready for them.
“I don’t want people to go away with the feeling that maybe we are not safe in Ogun State. No, we are. But we will put all necessary measures in place to continue to show that we are peaceful people and this is a very safe environment. We are the industrial capital of Nigeria; there is no state that has the number of industries we have. We have the highest number of industries. So, if some people now want to spoil that name or give us bad name, we will not allow it. The truth is that as government, as security operatives, we need to get it right.
“I know that they must have gone through some traumatic time but we thank God that finally you are here with us with your family safely. We knew where you were within 24 hours of your abduction but the challenge we had was that we were very mindful of your safety, that was why we did not storm the place. So, I want you to just take it as one of those things and there should be lesson for us as government, all our entrepreneurs, people that have schools, we need to collaborate with government and allow more work relation with government,” he said further.