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Kidnapping: Ambode orders Legionnaires to take over security in Lagos schools

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, ordered Legionnaires to take over security in schools across the state as part of efforts to curb frequent kidnapping of students in Lagos schools.

The governor, who spoke during the launch of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, said that the development would ensure the safety and security of the pupils.

It will be recalled that two separate kidnapping incidents of secondary school students were recorded in the state within the past one year.

The first one was the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, last year and the Igbonla-Epe Model College in May, this year.

The governor said, “We have taken it as a policy that our public, primary and secondary  schools will now be secured by the Nigerian Legion. This will ensure the safety and security of our children.”

Ambode stated that this is in addition to employing members of the group by government and its ministries, departments and agencies which will make them relevant in the nation’s security architecture.

He said that the launch should remind Nigerians of the gallantry and sacrifice of men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The Governor donated the sum of N25 million as well as a trailer load of Lake Rice to the group.

He assured that his administration was committed to the welfare of the legionnaires in the state and urged Lagosians to donate generously to their course.

“We must indeed show to each and every veteran that their service to fatherland is appreciated, not just by the actions of the state, but also by ordinary citizens of this great nation”.

Ambode charged Nigerians to always treat  the ex-servicemen with respect and donate generously in support of their activities.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.