The House of Representatives on Wednesday, named a 10-man committee to visit Lagos State to investigate the events that lead to the abduction of three schoolgirls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Ikorodu.
The House, at a session presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, noted that the Lagos incident was an indication of rising security concerns in the country. The House also implored the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase to deploy his men to rescue the three girls, who were abducted on Monday night.
There were indications that the school had started negotiations with the kidnappers, who reportedly demanded N300 million ransom for the release of the girls said to be in senior classes. Further reports suggest that the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N100 million before further beating it down to N20 million per student.
Some parents have however withdrawn their wards from the school, blaming the abduction of the girls on poor security and the low fence around the school, with which the abductors gained access.
The kidnappers, who were said to have been armed, on Monday night stormed the science department of the BMJS, an Anglican missionary secondary school located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos and abducted the girls