Lagos Schoolgirls Abductors Demand N200m Ransom


Abductors of the three girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS) Ikorodu have demanded N200 million ransom. According to reports by The Nation, the kidnappers contacted the distraught father of one of the girls on Tuesday, demanding N200 million for the three girls.

They were said to have got his telephone number from his daughter, and allegedly said their target was the school. It was learnt that the criminals’ first call to the man was ended abruptly and they called him again to pass on their message.

The call by the abductors allegedly provoked an emergency meeting between the school’s management, the victims’ parents and security agencies, led by Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni, which lasted till the early hours of Wednesday.

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It was also gathered that teams of military personnel, the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) and the local vigilante group, known as Oyabo, have been deployed in the area to help with the search for the girls.

The House of Representatives had yesterday mandated the inspector general of the police, Solomon Arase, to intensify efforts towards the rescue of the girls.

The resolution by the House was sequel to a motion on matters of urgent public importance entitled “Urgent need to seek the release of abducted female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu” sponsored by Babjimi Benson on Wednesday, March 2.

The three girls ,Timilehin Olisa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo, all SS2 students, were allegedly abducted from their classroom at about 9:30pm on Monday February 29, during prep.

The criminals, who struck from behind the school, reportedly gained entry into the school by breaking the perimeter fence which served as protection for the boarding students from the thick bush surrounding it.

The bishop of Badagry diocese Babatunde Adeyemi, who is one of the owners of the school have refused to talk to newsmen about the abduction, saying he will only speak after the girls have been rescued safely.

He said,

I have no story to tell you. We don’t discuss such issue on the pages of newspapers. When God has settled the case, we will keep you informed.

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