After over 65 days in the captivity of their abductors, the six male students of Igbonla Government College, Epe, have finally secured their freedom on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Details of their release however remain sketchy as at the time of filing this report.
While some reports have it that the abducted boys – Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf – were rescued from Aboto creek, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo state, at about 3.30pm, others said that they were released by their abductors.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the boys have been released.
He however declined to give additional information on the circumstances that led to their release.
On May 25, the kidnappers had raided the school premises firing gun shots to scare the students and parents.
Policemen on guard, while attempting to intercept them, called for reinforcement but the six abducted students were unlucky as the gunmen whisked them away through the waterways.
In spite of the initial payment of N10million as ransom and an additional N20million to the gang, making it a total of N30million paid, the whereabouts of the boys remain unknown even with continuous promises by the government and the police that they are safe, multiple sources claimed.
The kidnappers however demanded for extra N1.5million as transportation before they will release the boys, the sources added.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said the children have been moved to the Ondo State Police Command headquarters in Akure.
This is just as another source claimed that no ransom was paid before the victims were released.