The recurring use of our inland waterways by kidnappers calls for greater attention to the security of these waterways. Some schools and residential areas located near these waterways have, for some time now, been traumatised by spates of kidnapping, with the security agencies having no answers to the problem other than to negotiate with the kidnappers for the release of their victims.
In one of the most recent cases, six students of the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, were kidnapped from two of the school’s hostels on May 25 by a group of men who raided the school in camouflage police uniforms. They were not released until they had spent 65 days in detention. This was the second time in seven months that the kidnappers raided the school. Earlier, some students and personnel of the Nigerian-Turkish International College (NTIC), Isheri, Ogun State, were kidnapped, and later released. The Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos also suffered the same fate. Apart from schools, Epe, in Lagos State, has also been traumatised by kidnappers. In almost all these instances, the criminals used the inland waterways.