The parents and relatives of the six kidnapped students of the Igbonla Model College in Epe who were recently freed by their abductors held a 2-hours thanksgiving service at Dolphin Senior Secondary School in Sura area of Lagos State.
The pupils who were given a warm welcome by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode rejoiced at the sight of their parents. The school kids were reunited with their parents after they were earlier taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for medical tests.
Recall that the pupils: Isiaq Rahmon, Peter Jonah, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Farouq Yusuf and Pelumi Philips were dropped in a creek in Ondo State on Friday, 28 July, 2017, after the kidnappers collected another ransom reportedly in the region of N5m.
Out of the sheer joy on seeing their children back again, the parents could not hold back but to share their testimonies
Morufu Ramon, a parent to one of the pupils told newsmen that: “My son said there was a time he called me with the mobile phone of one of the kidnappers, who forgot his phone and went somewhere. He wanted to ask me if they should escape, but I missed his call. I would have advised them to escape. He said there was also a time the kidnappers went out for four days and left one person behind to look after them. He said the man slept off and they thought of escaping with his gun.”
Another parent, Beatrice Peter narrated her ordeal with the kidnappers when she went to pay part of the ransom saying she was slapped by a member of the gang in one occasion.