Parents of six abducted pupils of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, have reportedly paid N31m ransom to the men, who kidnapped their children.
It was revealed that some of the parents were assigned to take money to an undisclosed place, where they paid to some members of the gang in two tranches.
However, the parents were worried that their children had not been released since last week, when their abductors promised to set them free.
A parent who spoke to newsmen said: “We gave them N31m 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 N1.5m before the children could be released.”
Sources, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH, said many parents sold their property and borrowed from friends and relatives to pay the N31m ransom.
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 6am 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.