Three suspected kidnappers of six students in Lagos have been arrested by the Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The suspects last week stormed Model College, Igbonla, Lagos and abducted the victims.
All the suspects were arrested on Tuesday in Benin, ACP Abba Kyari, said on Wednesday, adding that all the suspects had been involved in various kidnap cases in the country.
Kyari said: “Three of the militant kidnappers, who left the creeks and came to Benin to visit one of their members that was injured in a recent gun battle with security agents, were arrested by IRT in Benin.
“The suspects are Egelu Endurance, (aka) Jubby, 25, a native of Abere town in Ovia South LGA of Edo State; Stanley Yomi Irabomini, 25, (aka) Powei from Ovia South LGA of Edo State and Bentel Endurance, 24, also from Ovia South LGA Edo State”, he said.
Kyari said the suspects had confessed to have participated in the kidnapping of prominent personalities in Lagos and Ogun States.
“The suspects claimed they came to Benin to see their injured colleague and relax for a while before going back to the creeks.”
He said that efforts to arrest the remaining gang members and rescue the school children were in progress.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has called on the IGP to ensure the rescue of the students.
The House also urged the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the IGP and the Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to deploy security personnel to flush out bandits hiding in the Balmo forest, Bauchi State.
This followed a motion: “Spate of Kidnapping in Lagos State and the Recent Abduction of Six Students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe sponsored by Hon. Olawale Raji.
Raji asked the Committees on Basic Education and Services, Police Affairs and Navy to pay a commiseration visit to the Lagos State government.
Also, to conduct an investigation into the state of insecurity in the riverine communities, waterways and schools in Lagos State and make recommendations on ways to permanently arrest the scourge of militancy and kidnapping in the State.
Further speaking on the Motion, Rep. Ige noted that the abduction of six students namely; Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Phillips and Farouq Yusuf of Lagos State Model College Igbonla, Epe by unknown gun men marked the second time the school was been attacked.
He stated that the riverine communities in Lagos State are currently under siege.