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Kidnappers seize students, staff from Turkish School in Ogun State
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State

Kidnappers seize students, staff from Turkish School in Ogun State

A massive security hunt got underway yesterday at Isheri, Ogun State, for the eight people abducted by suspected kidnappers on Friday from the Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC) in the town.
Taken away were three students, three female supervisors, one female cook and a female Turkish teacher.
Two of the abducted students were said to be preparing for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board exam.
The school formerly known as Turkish International School is owned by a Turkish organization, First Surat Group.
Senior officers from the army, navy, police and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in the State yesterday moved to the town at the boundary with Lagos to coordinate the search and rescue mission.
The search and rescue team began its task by combing the waterways around Arepo, an Ogun-Lagos border town.
Lagos towns of Ikorodu and Iba have in recent times been used by suspected militants for kidnapping and oil bunkering.
It was learnt that Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, ordered that the rescue mission be led by the elite IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
The IG team is being led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Abba Kyari.
A source said: “We are combing the creeks around the school and are working on some intelligence reports, which cannot be disclosed so as not to jeopardise the operation. We hope that we will make a breakthrough soon.”
The Ogun State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told The Nation that the security chiefs were already tracking the abductors.
He pledged that the victims would be rescued alive.
Mr. Mehmet Basturk, the Group Managing Director of First Surat Group, was also expected at the school yesterday from his Abuja base.
Spokesman for NTIC Colleges, Mr.Cemal Yirgit, threw light on how the kidnap took place, saying everything was being done to free the abducted people.
Yirgit in a statement entitled, “Kidnap of students and a Turkish teacher” said: “We wish to notify the general public of the unfortunate incident that occurred on January 13, 2017, at the premises of The Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC), Ogun State.
“At about 9.30 pm local time, a group of people armed with dangerous weapons gained entrance into the girls’ section through different means and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students.
“The school security noticed some movement on the CCTV camera at the girls’ section and promptly deployed security personnel and alerted the relevant security agencies in the area as customary.
“Upon hearing the security alarm activated and sighting our personnel, the armed invaders opened fire on the security staff and managed to escape through a very dangerous route, with the hostages.
“The security agencies are currently on their trail as the whole area has been cordoned off.
“We wish to assure parents and guardians that the students and teacher will return to safety as soon as everything possible has been deployed to ensure that our teachers and students return unhurt by God’s grace.”
It was gathered that the kidnappers gained entry into the compound by climbing the fence.

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