Nigerian-Turkish College raided; 8 students, staff abducted

FILE PHOTO: Female hostel of the Nigerian Turkish School, Isheri, Ogun State.
FILE PHOTO: Female hostel of the Nigerian Turkish School, Isheri, Ogun State.

The management of Nigerian-Turkish International School in Isheri, Ogun State, has confirmed that eight persons, including five students and three staff of the college, were kidnapped on Friday by unknown persons.

One of those kidnapped is a Turkish national, the school said Saturday.

Many parents removed their children from the school early Saturday.

The principal of the school, Yunus Emre Dogan, t‎old PREMIUM TIMES that the kidnappers gained entrance into the compound through a fence wall.

He said the assailants dug a portion of the fence near a swamp.

He said the abductors arrived at about 9.30p.m. and went straight to the female hostels, where they seized the victims, which included a hostel mistress‎, a cook, a teacher and five students.

The kidnappers reportedly threatened their victims with gun before forcefully taking them away.

As at when this report was filed, the abductors were yet to contact the school management or parents of the abducted students.

A student preparing to go home after eight people were abducted Friday at the Nigerian Turkish School, Isheri, Ogun State.
A student preparing to go home after eight people were abducted Friday at the Nigerian Turkish School, Isheri, Ogun State.

Parents scrambled to pick their wards despite pleas by the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, who visited the school.

One of the parents, Bolaji Mustapha, said all parents had resolved to evacuate their children and return them when they were convinced adequate security had been put in place.

“We parents jointly resolved and agreed that we have to take away our children at least for the first one week, until we are convinced about perfect security arrangement being put in place,” Mrs. Mustapha said.

Another mother, Funmi Tijani, whose daughter’s friend was abducted said the psychological effect of the incident alone required the children being taken home.

The deputy governor, Mrs. Onanuga, while addressing parents, ‎said the government was taking urgent steps to provide security and to ensure the safe rescue of the victims.

“Our government has put necessary security measure in place for the rescue of the abductees. Ogun State is already in action. Let me reassure you that we are going to rescue the victims soon. Federal Government is aware of this, we have just got in contact with Abuja,” she said.

She appealed to parents to be calm and prayerful, urging them not to evacuate their children.

In company of the deputy governor were Secretary to State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye; Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Afolabi Afuape; Special Adviser to the Governor on Government House Matters, Bayo Adeyemi, and Adejuwon Soyinka, senior special assistant to the governor on media and publicity.

Security officials were also at the school.

Among them were, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2; Kayode Oluranti, Ogun State commissioner of police; Ahmed Ilyasu‎, state director,  State Security Service; and Commander, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Seni Ogunyemi.


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  • Galantman

    may God expose these criminals and bring the students back safely.

    • Adeyi

      Amen

  • Otile

    Ifa where are you? Nibo, nibo e baba omo awon Odua? Why didist thou allow the overbearing Fulani hordes invade thy territory and impose Islam on thy people? Now the Fulanis can storm anywhere in thy territory to carry away your daughters. This is an abomination. Eh, Ifa Orunmilla nibo?

    • Alnight

      Because Fulanis are professionals when it comes to kidnapping school members.

    • marcos avelino

      This moron still existing – The 20th century was the bloodiest ever and 99 percent of the dead were in two christian european wars. A christian invented napalm bomb – just to cook the flesh of vietnamese people while alive ! Otiti u are a Useless dog consumed by hatred – black miserable heart

      • Otile

        Blood sucking Islamic terrorist why are you still abducting and raping innocent girls? Are you not satisfied with 300 girls you and your fellow herdsmen abducted in Sambisa forest? Brave foolani girl-kidnappers my foot.

  • kumi

    Turkish president wond Buhari that the school should be close because the owner of the school is a terrorist but Buhari and apc refuse today what happened
    They should go back and bring all those kidnapped from that school immediately if they don’t want trouble useless government

    • Alnight

      Yeah! Let’s connect two completely unrelated events! Genius!! Magnificent!! People these days. smh

    • Psi Ciroma

      send us weblink of the news

  • Ousman Denniz

    Turkish government has been pressuring Nigerian government to close down these schools. Wonder if Turkish intelligence has hand in this? Turkey’s Erdogan’s close circles known to send arms to terrorist.

  • Alfsanni

    It is very important that after copying democracy and being helped to establish daily newspapers, television stations, university system. Now the biggy help is how to bring in police expatriates to supervise providing police cars, police communication equipment, nightvision air crafts and campus policing, farming areas and park policing. You don’t do it now then more criminals will be free to go into schools to load school girls into trucks and go witout being caught. More leaders will have a lot to account before God on day of resurrection.Especially those who hoading their wealth from the Nation they govern.

  • JasV

    When I warned more than a year ago that these Turkish institutions are grounds for creating terrorism and pointed out that they do not have such schools in Islamic countries one woman abused the he’ll out of me and wrote how hell bent she was putting her child I’m the school or terrorist camps. Unfortunately her child will most likely not be one of those captured right now. But other more serious repercussions do await her.

  • OLATUNDE

    Mr JasV what is this your sentiment all about? we are talking about kidnapping, you are trying to express your own religious bigotry. What is the relationship between your people kidnapping innocent students and staffs and you are talking about breeding terrorism. Have you ever traveled out of Nigeria. Go to South Africa and see what these Turkish people are doing in terms of education. Please don’t allow your religious confusion to delude you from speaking the truth.
    I appeal to the parents of the students kidnapped to be at alert and be prayerful. God will touch the heart of those people behind this evil, so that they rescind their evil and join the right thinking people of the world. Government should do more in the area of security and establish a more scaring punishment for kidnappers.