Six victims kidnapped by unknown gunmen from a school in Epe, Lagos have regained their freedom. The victims which were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6, are four students, the school principal and his vice.
The kidnappers reportedly stormed Lagos State Model College, Igbonla in Epe, Lagos on Thursday, October 6 during the morning assembly and whisked away the victims.
The kidnappers who demanded a N30 million ransom, and gave family members of the victims a 48-hour ultimatum to pay up released their victims on Tuesday.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this, however, it is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.
Abduction of school pupils in Lagos is far becoming a trend, BuzzNigeria recalls the abduction of three girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS) Ikorodu, earlier this year.
The girl s- Timilehin Olisa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo, all SS2 students, were allegedly abducted from their classroom at about 9:30pm during prep.
The abductors 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 abductors demanded N200 million for the three girls. But the girls were later rescued by the Lagos state police command at the Igbokuta area of the state without ransom.
Following the recommendations of the report by the Joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence, on the incessant kidnapping and hostage taking in the country, entitled , “A National Wake-Up Call,” the Senate enacted a law which prescribes death sentence for kidnappers across Nigeria.