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Abducted Lagos students: Parents call on friends and relatives to raise ransom

by O. S David

Abducted Lagos students: Parents call on friends and relatives to raise ransom

 

-Ojo Oluwasegun

According to report gathered by Dailyfamily.ng, the parents of the six pupils kidnapped from the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla in Epe, have decided to raise funds to meet the demands of the abductors.

It was learned that the worried parents met yesterday to discuss on how to raise the ransom for the release of their children.

However, the abductors have reduced the ransom from N400m to N100m.

It was also gathered that the abductors had earlier advise the parents to seek help from Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in raising the funds.

Meanwhile, the state government has already ruled out any negotiation with the kidnappers.

Sources said the parents met in Epe yesterday and resolved to tax themselves following government’s refusal to negotiate with the criminals.

The parents, who said they have become weary of government’s pledge to rescue the victims using security option, noted that their wards have been in captivity for nine days.

According to a parent who expressed disappointment at government’s handling of the issue, said he wondered how the government wanted them to feel, knowing that their children have been in the custody of armed criminals for so long.

“It’s nine days already and our children are still in captivity despite the government’s assurance to rescue them.

“Our minds will not be at rest without seeing these children. The kidnappers have demanded N100m and they insist we should meet with the school authorities and the government to pay. But government said it would not pay any ransom.

“All the parents have met again and we have decided to raise whatever amount we can through individual contributions. We have asked ourselves to call on friends and relatives to assist.” The parent said.

The Students were kidnapped from their hostels, on May 25, by gunmen who dressed in police uniform.

 

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