One of the four students of the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, who were taken by unknown gunmen last Thursday, has fallen sick.
A source close to the family of the sick boy told reporters on Sunday that the kidnappers had called the family and told them about the boy’s situation, however they assured the boy’s parents that they were treating him.
“The men called on Saturday and Sunday and told us that one of the boys was sick. They said his temperature was high. They called one of the relations of the pupil and wanted to know the drug they could use for him. We have been begging them to let go of the pupil. But they assured the family that they had arranged someone to treat him. On the negotiation of ransom, the family members are begging them to reduce the N5m ransom. But the kidnappers have yet to agree” The source said.
“One of the parents is begging for N1m, but the gunmen want them to add a little more. The sick boy is suspected to have malaria, although no test can be conducted in the hideout to ascertain that.”
Another relation of one of the abducted boys said they would hold another meeting with the school authorities on Monday, as the kidnappers had called them and reduced the ransom to N3.5m. The source added that the kidnappers kept on assuring the families that their children were in safe hands.
“We will meet with the school authorities on Monday. They (the kidnappers) called in on Sunday and asked for N3.5m. We still begged them to go lower than that,” he added.
Last Thurday, the kidnappers comprising of five men and a woman, at about 8am, stormed the school and took the four pupils, a teacher and a vice-principal. The pupils have been identified as Isaac Adebisi, Okonkwo Emmanuel, Abu and Jeremiah, the English Language/Civic Education teacher, Lukman Oyerinde, and the Vice-Principal, A.O. Oyesola. They were taken away in a speedboat.