The kidnapers that abducted four students, a teacher and JSS principal of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, have reportedly contacted the families of their victims and demanded ransom.
According to reports, the kidnappers contacted the families of the victims in the early hours of Friday through a private line and demanded for an undiclosed amount of money.
The kidnappers, who stormed the school arround 8am and whisked them away, were said to have contacted three families at 2:00am, 2:50am and 4:00am, warning them not to disclose the ransom being demanded to security agencies to avoid harming their relatives.
One of the relatives of the victims said: “My sister’s phone rang at about 2:50am and a male voice instructed her to leave the place if there was anyone with her. The stranger said he was calling in respect of our kidnapped relative. He warned that none of the conversation should be divulged to security agents.
“He threatened that if the instruction was not adhered to, the family would be held responsible for anything that happens to their relative.
“Yes, they demanded a ransom. But I can not tell you in order not to jeopardize the safety of our relative. But they demanded within the range of millions of naira. My sister pleaded with them to bring down the amount that her husband was at the moment out of job but the stranger did not respond”, the relative said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
RipplesNigeria …without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....