Saturday, 29 July 2017

How Abducted Epe Schoolboys Regained Freedom In Ondo Creek

After more than two months in the den of kidnappers, respite came the way of the six Lagos Secondary School students kidnapped by gunmen from their Lagos State Igbonla Model College in the Epe area of Lagos State, as they regained their freedom on Friday.

Parents, other family members of the school boys and government officials wee full of joy at the Lagos State Deputy Governor’s office, Alausa, Ikeja, Friday night when the freed school boys were handed over to the Lagos State government.

The handover was done by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who took delivery of the boys from the kidnappers in one of the creeks of Ondo State on Friday afternoon. The deputy governor of Lagos State, Idiat Oluranti Adebule received the students  on behalf of Governor Akinwumi Ambode.

The students were rescued at Aboto Creek, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, at about 3.30p.m on Friday.

The students are: Pelumi Philips, Farouq Yusuf, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi and Peter Jonah.

It was gathered that the release of the six students followed the intervention of the Ondo state government who the abductors contacted vowing not to release the children to any other state government in the south west except the Ondo State government.

The state government, however, mandated the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, who hailed from a riverine local government where the boys were, to ensure the freedom of the school children.

According to an official of the state government who spoke with Saturday Tribune on condition of anonymity, the Ondo state government has been negotiating the release of the students in the last ten days.

He said the abductors vowed not to release the students to Lagos state government and disclosed that the Delta state government also tried to secure the release of the students but to no avail.

He,  however, said the militants in the early hours of Friday released the six students to the deputy governor of Ondo State, between Ajakpa community and Igbonla in the state.

He said the students disclosed that they had been living comfortably with their abductors in the last 64 days saying they were being fed with bread and sardines .

Another source close to the Ondo State government told the Saturday Tribune on phone that no ransom was paid to secure the boys’ release.

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