The kidnappers who stormed Igbo Nla Model School, Igbonla near Epe in Lagos state, abducted six students from the school have reduced the N1 billion ransom they initially asked parents of the students to pay.
The six male students namely Pelumi Philips, Farouq Yusuf, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi and Peter Jonah, were abducted in the school premises on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
According to Vanguard, the kidnappers have asked some of the parents with good jobs to pay between N20 million and N50 million ransom while others with not so good jobs were asked to pay lesser for the release of their kids.
Vanguard reported that a meeting held yesterday, May 29, 2017, by the parents of the abducted students and the management of the school to decide on how they can contribute towards paying the ransom. The meeting ended in a deadlock as the school management informed the parents they were not going to be a party to ransom payment, Vanguard reported.
A family member of one of the abducted boys who identified as Johnbull told Vanguard that “my brother came home downcast yesterday. Like I told you, he is hypertensive. He said that they were warned not to talk to newsmen again. He also said that the school and the State government are not ready to assist them to pay the ransom.”
“The state government according to him said it would work with security operatives towards the release of the students. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to gather what each parent had and pay so that none of the students will be left behind. Since the last conversation with the kidnappers two days ago, they have not contacted my brother. We have only raised N250,000,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the management of Igbo Nla Model College have appealed to the distraught parents to be patient as the State government and the police are working towards the release of their wards.