Lagos students kidnap: Govt is not talking to us, parents lament

Parents of the six abducted students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla have lamented that there have been no development on rescue efforts, Punch reports.

One of the parents who spoke to the newspaper said the government has refused to talk to them.

“We have not heard from the kidnappers since Sunday, June 11, when they asked us to raise additional N40m ransom. The parents raised the N10m when we didn’t get any response from the government. The Lagos State Government is not talking to us,” the parent said.

Another parent said he was frustrated, noting that his fear about the safety of the children had heightened.

He said, “I am confused. I don’t know what to say. The safety and freedom of the children are important and we are looking up to God.”

Another parent said, “This is one of our test periods, but we have handed over everything to God. The only power now is prayer and we believe God will bring our children back to us safely. The government is there, the parents are there. Nobody can do anything, except God.”

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the government was making efforts to free the students.

He said, “Lagos State Government is unrelenting in its effort to ensure that security forces rescue the pupils and return them to their parents safely.

“The government shares in the pain of the parents. The police and other security agencies are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the pupils are rescued. Please, be assured that a structure that got the most notorious kidnapper (Evans) arrested is able to do the same in this instance.”

Recall that some gunmen stormed the school premises at about 6am on Thursday, May 25.

They had reportedly whisked away six students after profiling them.

The kidnappers initially demanded N1bn ransom, but reduced it to N100m for all the children.

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