Nigerian police in search of three kidnapped teenage girls

Nigerian police in search of three kidnapped teenage girls

- Nigerian police searching for three kidnapped girls

- The girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Lagos

- Police suspect the kidnappers would demand for ransom for the girls

Nigerian police in search of three kidnapped teenage girls

The Chibok girls were kidnapped in the north of the country in 2014 amid the Islamist insurgency/ file photo

Three teenage girls are reported to have been abducted from their boarding school on the outskirts of Lagos city by heavily armed men.

Nigerian police, who are on a search for the girls, fear they might have been kidnapped for ransom.

The police say kidnappings for ransom is common in Nigeria but are skeptical if this is kidnapping as this is the first time a school in the city has been attacked by gunmen.

Lagos police spokesperson Dolapo Badmus told the BBC a search to rescue the girls taken from the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School was under way.

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From local media reports it is not clear whether the girls were kidnapped from their dormitory or in a nearby block where they were studying. Some witnesses reported that shots were fired, making it hard for the unarmed security guards to intervene.

The three girls were taken from a private co-educational secondary school on Monday evening but the abductors have yet to demands ransoms. The sad incident has led to some angry parents reportedly withdrawing their children from the school until security is improved.

The BBC in Nigeria reports that In most kidnapping cases in southern Nigeria, hostages are released unharmed after a ransom has been paid.

It is nearly two years since more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok by militant fighters behind the Islamist insurgency in that region. Despite military advances against the Boko Haram group over the past year, the Chibok girls are yet to be found.

The Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School is linked to the Anglican Church, is one of the best and most expensive in Lagos state and is mostly attended by children of politicians and wealthy individuals.

 

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