A report claims kidnappers of six students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, have had telephone conversations with affected parents. According to the NATION, a father of the abducted kids claimed the kidnappers demanded a N400 million ransom for their release.
The distraught father said he telephoned other affected parents to know if they were similarly contacted, to which he got an affirmative answer.
The parents were reportedly contacted at about 4:30pm on Friday, a day after the incident.
One of the parents said: “They called me around 4pm. They called the name of my son and asked if I knew him. I said yes and then, they gave him the phone to speak with me.
“As we were talking, they took the phone and told me to go to the government and the school authorities to provide N400 million before they would release the children. The call did not last long”, he said.
The parent added that they were told to meet the school management and the Lagos state Government to provide the ransom on their behalf.
“We are appealing to them to release the children on compassionate grounds. If they have issues with the school management or the government, they can look for another way to address it.
“They should pity us, the parents and release our children. I have not been able to sleep since Thursday. My wife has not stopped crying either. They should please have mercy on us,” the parent stated.
Meanwhile, a hybrid of security operatives working to rescue the kidnapped students have engaged militants in a fierce gun battle in the creeks of Epe. It was said that 14 militants were killed in the onslaught, which began Friday. Eight of the security operatives, comprising police, army and the navy, were wounded and currently receiving medical attention.