The kidnappers who abducted four school pupils, a teacher and vice-principal of Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe has given a 48-hour ultimatum for their family members to drop N1 million naira for each person to be released.
The incident happened last week Thursday, October 6, at about 8am. The school children who were reportedly rounding off their morning assembly in a hall, were thrown into confusion as the abductors shot sporadically in the area. In the ensuing confusion, four pupils, namely: Isaac Adebisi, Okonkwo Emmanuel, Abu, and Jeremiah, were taken away by the assailants.
An English/Civic Education teacher, Lukman Oyerinde and the Vice-Principal, A.O Oyesola, were also taken away.
Latest report from Punch said the abductors – indicted to be five gunmen and a woman told the families on Monday that the health condition of one schoolboy, reported to be sick, had worsened. Hence, they demanded parents to hurry and pay the ransom which has now been reduced to N6 million for all hostages, from the initial N3.5 million tagged on each pupil.
A source told our correspondent that the men called on Monday to give the family until Wednesday to pay up the ransom or bear the consequences. He said:
“While the family members begged them, the kidnappers let them realise that the health of the boy had worsened, but they would not release him without a good ransom. They had come down from N3.5 million to N1 million ransom.
“The boy’s family has been able to raise some money and they were begging the gunmen to accept what they had. I hope the kidnappers will have mercy and consider the condition of the sick pupil, and let him go.”
Another source close to the family confirmed the Wednesday ultimatum and she said the family has been able to raise three-quarter of the money and nobody from any quarters is assisting them to raise the ransom.
“The abductors told them to bring the ransom before Wednesday. They are begging the kidnappers and trying to meet the deadline,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said via a text message on Monday that rescue operation was in progress.