Den Where Students Are Held Hostage Discovered

Den Where Students Are Held Hostage Discovered

The den where six pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, are held hostage might have been discovered by operatives of the Nigerian police.

Indications show that they were traced to a creek in Ogun State.

A source disclosed that the den shared borders with Epe and Ibeju-Lekki while adding that the lives of the victims would be endangered if force was deployed to free them.

The pupils had spent 11 days in captivity.

The gunmen reportedly stormed the school premises at about 6am on Thursday, May 25, after notifying the school authorities of the attack three days earlier.

They broke the hostel doors, picked 10 Senior Secondary School pupils and led them to a waterside where their boat was anchored.

After profiling their parents’ details, four pupils were released, while the assailants whisked away the remaining six pupils, identified as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf, in a speedboat.

The kidnappers called some parents of the victims on Saturday, May 27, demanding N400m each from two parents, while two others were asked to pay N100m each.

Three days after, the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N600m, with parents of each child asked to pay N100m. The ransom had further been reduced to N100m for all the children.

The Lagos State Government had declined ransom negotiation with the kidnappers, insisting that they would be freed by the security agencies.

But the parents said they had become weary of the government’s pledge and agreed to raise some ransom through contributions and aid from friends and relations.

A security source confided in our correspondent on Sunday that the location of the victims was not in doubt, but there was the need to apply caution for the safety of the victims.

He said it was difficult to catch the assailants off guard because of the difficulty in navigating through the terrain, where their camp was located.

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