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Kidnappers release hostages including teachers, students

12 October 2016, 07:35

Lagos - Kidnappers have released hostages that they abducted last week from the Government Model College in Epe, Lagos, after the expiration of a 24-hour ultimatum given by the kidnappers, Naij reports.

The hostages included the Vice-Principal of the school, a teacher and two students who were abducted by an 11-man gang of kidnappers.

It is believed that one family of a student who was ill pain the requested ransom of N1 million with the other families refusing to meet the kidnappers demands.

To avert any similar incidents happening in the future, Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said that an additional 5 000 men and women would be recruited to Neighbourhood Watch.

"There is a law that has just been passed which is the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, 2016. We will make sure that this agency is activated and our neighbourhoods are secured. We will provide NW with all the necessary equipment and resources to ensure that we establish what we call community policing and that is the way to go," Ambode said.

News24 reported that family members of the sick student had appealed to the abductors to release their relative for treatment, saying they were ready to swap another family member for the sick captive.

The ransom that was eventually paid to the kidnappers is believed to have been raised was contributed by family and friends. The kidnappers were said to have contacted three families at 2:00a.m, 2:50a.m and 4:00a.m, a development that led the parents and school management to convene an emergency meeting, which lasted till about 5:30pm.

An account by an eyewitness revealed that a woman led the kidnappers who abducted the school’s Vice-Principal, A.O. Oyesola, the English Language/Civil Education teacher, Lukman Oyerinde and four Junior Secondary School 1 pupils.

For more on this story, visit Naij.

- News 24


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