Parents of the abducted pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, may have to pay ransom for the release of their children, a source has said. The source told The PUNCH that the police would not use force as it may endanger the lives of the children. It said the kidnappers' den had been found to be at a creek in Ogun State bordered by Epe and Ibeju Lekki.
The Lagos State Government had promised to rescue the pupils without paying ransom, saying security agencies would bring back the pupils safely. The promise now seems to be far from realisable as the source has explained that it is impossible.
“Normally, in this kind of scenario, the kidnappers would demand a huge ransom. But at the end of the day, they would collect any amount offered and move on. They know there is pressure on them.
“Then, the moment the ransom is paid and the children are freed, necessary things will follow. This is the best way to get these children out. Any attempt to attack the creek; there is a high probability that there will be many casualties, including the victims and the policemen, because of the nature of the place. They are in Ogun watersides close to Lagos," the source said.
Another source also shared the same opinion with the first saying a speedboat would be needed to access the area making it easy for the kidnappers to spot them. He said it was best to pay a ransom then effect the arrest of the criminals thereafter.
The pupils, Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf, were abducted from their school hostel on May 25, 2017.