LAGOS – Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has appreciated President Bola Tinubu, security agencies and Ekiti people over their support in securing the release of the kidnapped pupils of Apostolic Faith Nursery and Primary School, Emure Ekiti.
According to a statement signed by Olayinka Oyebode, Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor, the children and their teachers were released in the wee hours on Sunday, and brought to the Elemure palace about 4a.m.
The governor while congratulating the children and their families, expressed profound appreciation to President Tinubu for giving specific directives that put the search and rescue mission on top gear.
He also thanked the security agencies for their collaborative efforts during the search for the students, just as he appreciated Ekitikete at home and abroad for their support during the security situation experienced last week.
While noting the traumatic experience of the children in the kidnappers’ den, Oyebanji directed the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, to take the children to the state Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, for proper medical treatment and post trauma therapy.
The governor, who kept vigil with Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, till 3.00a.m to ensure the release of the children, acknowledged the solidarity shown by his colleagues, governors, former governors of the state as well as religious leaders and traditional rulers.
He also thanked members of the Ekiti State caucus in the National Assembly and members of the state House of Assembly for their support. “And more importantly, we thank God for everything” the governor said.
Oyebanji also restated the determination of his administration to stamp out crime and criminality from the state by making the environment unbearable for criminals operating under whatever guise.
Similarly, the governor vowed that the killers of the two Ekiti Obas would be fished out and made to face the maximum weight of the law.
He urged the people of the state to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities to the authorities.
Oyebanji regretted that the driver of the school bus was reportedly killed in the custody of the kidnappers.
He expressed his condolences to the family of the late driver of the abducted pupils, Mr. Olugbaye Taiwo, assuring that the perpetrators of the heinous crime would be apprehended and brought to book.
He noted that security agencies in the state have been put on red alert, stressing that the government would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.
Oyebanji Visits Rescued Ekiti Pupils, Teachers In Hospital.
Meanwhile, Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State on Sunday visited the rescued pupils and teachers of Apostolic Faith Nursery and Primary School, Emure -Ekiti, at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado- Ekiti, where they were receiving treatment.
The students and their teachers were brought to the hospital from Emure Ekiti by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, and some ministry officials following the governor’s directive shortly after their release.
On arrival, Oyebanji had brief interaction with each of the students and their teachers at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital.
He was received by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Filani; Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Kayode Olabanji, and a member of the House of Assembly representing Emure Constituency, Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade and some government officials.
While congratulating the students and their teachers for regaining freedom from the abductors, the governor assured them that the perpetrators of the crime would be fished out and punished accordingly.
He urged the medical team at the hospital not to be in a hurry to discharge the students, stressing the need for them to be properly managed given the trauma they went through.