The four students and two teachers of the Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted during morning prayers last Thursday have spent five days in captivity and now their abductors have given the families 48 hours to pay the ransoms placed on them.
The kidnappers want the families to each pay N1 million to secure the release of the victims. They have also reportedly said that the health condition of one of the kidnapped schoolboys has worsened.
Those who were kidnapped are Isaac Adebisi, Okonkwo Emmanuel, Abu and Jeremiah; the English Language/Civic Education teacher, Lukman Oyerinde, and the VP, A.O. Oyesola.
Initially, the abductors demanded for N5 million for each of the victims which was later reduced to N3.5 million but has now reduced it to N1 million.
According to The Punch, the gunmen were said to have also fired a warning shot while conversing with the families on the telephone as the families reportedly begged, promising to pay the ransoms.
The kidnappers said they have administered treatment on one of the boys who fell ill in captivity. They have however warned the family to hasten payment.
According to a source: “The men called on Monday and said they gave the family till Wednesday to pay the ransom. 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 N3.5m to N1m 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 said, “It is true that they called to warn the parents that the boy’s health is deteriorating. They told them to bring the ransom before Wednesday. The family has been able to raise three-quarter of the money. They are rallying round for the remaining sum. Nobody from any quarters is assisting them to raise the ransom. They are begging the kidnappers and trying to meet the deadline.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said in a text message on Monday that rescue operation was in progress.