Kidnappers EPE students parents pays N31m

Parents of the six abducted pupils of
Lagos State Model College , Igbonla Epe,
have paid N 31 m ransom to the
criminals who kidnapped their
children, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt .
Investigation by our correspondent
revealed that some parents were
assigned to take the money to an
undisclosed place , where they paid to
some members of the gang in two
tranches.
The parents were, however, worried
that their children had not been
released since last week when their
abductors promised to set them free .
The kids were kidnapped exactly 53
days ago , three days after the gunmen
notified the school management of
their plans .
They broke into a boys ’ hostel around
6 am on Thursday , May 25 , picked 10
Senior Secondary School pupils and
led them to a waterside.
The pupils were screened based on
their family background . While four
were consequently released, 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 last Sunday promised
to release the children .
Sources, who spoke with SUNDAY
PUNCH, said many parents sold their
property and borrowed from friends
and relatives to pay the N31 m ransom .
A source said , “ We don ’t know what
else these people want . The parents are
stranded. The first time, three parents
met with them somewhere and gave
them N 10 m .
“ They demanded another N 21 m
ransom. The parents took the money to
the place and gave it to some gang
members . They told the parents that
they had done all the necessary things
and promised to release the children
in the next two days . They have been
expecting the children since last
week.”
One of the parents said his quest to
reunite with his child had increased
tremendously in the last few days as a
result of the assurance by the
abductors.

“ We gave them N 31 m cash. We didn’ t
send it through a third party and they
confirmed the money was complete .
They promised to release our children
soon.

“ We were confused when we heard
that they demanded another N 1 . 5 m
before the children could be released,”
the parent added.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations
Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous - Cole
and the Force PRO, CSP Mashood
Jimoh, had repeatedly assured the
parents and members of the public
that the pupils would be rescued soon.

Source : THEPuNch


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