Lagos Kidnap: ‘Security now topmost priority in choosing schools for children’

By Dare Akogun

In the wake of the rising wave of kidnapping of school pupils by criminals in Lagos, parents have been urged to find out about the security profile before sending three children to such schools.

General Manager Security, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Barr. Sam Otoboeze gave the charge while speaking on the sidelines of a two day security conference organised by ASIS International group 11 in Lagos recently.

He contends that any parent sending their children to a particular school should consider first the security before other things, like success rates in past exams, school fees and others.

According to him “Parents should desist from placing priorities in less important issues, security in school is a big issue and the society seems to have little or no knowledge about it.

“Kidnapping school pupils for ransom is one of the fast rising crime in the country as kidnappers find it relatively easy access to latch on people and take them away with minimum force with little or no resistance.

” I think school authorities and the general society needs to do a lot more that it’s currently doing, as security is one of the areas that I’ve been neglected for so long, but now the beginning of wisdom so the appreciation of security,” he stated.

The security expert condemn the situation whereby schools are cited in very remote areas without carrying out a risk survey analysis and easy accessibility in case of an emergency.

“Some of this school owner sited their schools in very remote areas that before you get there and come back something has happened.

“Worrisomely there is nothing like security survey being done, when you are planning to establish any business one needs to carry out a risk analysis of potential risks and threat that people can be exposed to.

“Like in the case of the kidnap of pupils at Ikorodu few weeks back, the school is cited inside a bus that has a river running behind it, the school always focus on how much money can be made, but how can they make the money when the pupils are not secured, parents will desists from patronising such schools,” declared.

Otoboeze posited that security has gone to a higher level than before, at that have grown beyond the concept of Mai-guard saying that security survey and vulnerability assessment needs to be carried out by schools, to determine the potential risks pupil and teachers alike can be exposed to.

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