*Students Reunite With Parents
BY GEORGE OKOJIE,
In what observers described as one of the most deadly kidnapping rescue mission in the country, fresh facts emerged late hours of yesterday that no fewer than 20 kidnappers were killed in the creeks in a gun duel between the kidnappers and security operatives.
Speaking at a press briefing addressed in Lagos by the Ondo State Governor, Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredeolu, Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, her Ondo state counterpart Hon. Agboola Ajayi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni said the eight police officers were critically wounded, while a civilian volunteer also lost is life in the process.
The police boss who did not reveal whether ransom of N31 million was actually paid or not explained that from the time the students were kidnapped and their release, 20 kidnappers were killed as they tried to attack the police, adding that eight policemen were wounded in the process, while one civilian with the police was killed by the kidnappers.
Owoseni disclosed that one Bright Adeniji and 17 others died on a gun battle with the Marine Police as they ambushed the operation of the police to secure the release of the students.
He said the police ensured that the third boat where the kidnapped students were being kept was safe
The commissioner added that on 15 July, 2017, the kidnappers tried to seize the gun boat of the Marine Police and that in the process, another gun battle ensued, while one Oniwe Oyelasi, popularly known as ‘Americana’ was killed with two others
He said the kidnappers launched several offensive, but that the police were able to handle it as the police had been well motivate
Owoseni praised the effort of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his Ondo State counterpart, Akeredolu for their worthwhile efforts that led to the released of the children.
The CP, however, added that one person who was trying to swindle the parents of the kidnapped students by telling them to drop money in Abeokuta was arrested and is now in police custody.
Earlier, Adebule expressed gratitude to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for his worthwhile effort leading to the release of the students, saying that the government would carry out a comprehensive medical test on the students to ascertain their mental, physical and psychological wellbeing.
She said the state government was working hard to ensure safety of lives and properties in the state, adding that government would ensure that the schools were well policed before the resumption of the next academic calendar.
Also speaking, Akeredolu said the combined effort of the police, Lagos, Ondo and Delta government led to the release of the students, saying that the acting president also played a great role to secure their release.