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19 July, 2017
The Executive Governor,
Lagos State Government,
WE CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RESCUE OF THE SIX KIDNAPPED STUDENTS OF LAGOS STATE MODEL COLLEGE, IGBONLA, EPE
We are a coalition of civil society groups campaigning for safety of schools and communities. We are specifically calling on the Lagos State Government to expedite action for the immediate rescue of the six kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State.
We find it very disheartening that more than 50 (fifty) days after the kidnap of the students, the Lagos State Government has not been able to secure the release of the students despite repeated assurances from the police and security agencies. While acknowledging the instant response by the state government, police and security agencies immediately after the abduction, we are however taken aback by the seeming apathy thereafter.
We are equally alarmed that the conduct and utterances of the Lagos State Government do not convey the impression that it takes as urgent priority the rescue of these children as there is no sign that things are amiss.
We are concerned that the continuous stay of these children in kidnappers’ den has a tendency to convey a message to thousands of pupils and students across the primary and post-primary schools that their safety is not the priority of government. If this should happen, the negative impact on gains made in enrolment and retention of pupils in schools can only be imagined.
The rescue of the six (6) kidnapped Epe school students is therefore crucial to restoring confidence in our public schools’ system as well as government’s capacity to ensure the safety of school children both within the school premises and outside of it in line with the provisions of the Child Rights Act and other Conventions on the right of the child to which Lagos State and Nigeria are signatories.
We submit that in the situation where urgent and serious efforts are not made to rescue the students, we would be left with no choice than to mobilize all concerned Lagosians and Nigerians on public mass actions across Lagos State to ensure that Lagos State Government does the needful.
Once again, we reiterate that government should expedite actions in rescuing the Epe 6 now and alive.
For: Safe Schools and Communities Advocacy Group