NigeriaTrends.com, LAGOS — The disturbing news of the gunmen who kidnapped female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in Ikorodu, Lagos is drawing lots of reactions from Nigerians around the globe. The kidnappers are asking for a N60million naira ransom from the victims parents, having reduced their ask from N100 million.
The principal of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, Ikorodu, Olaoluwa Adeyemi, on Wednesday said the gunmen who seized three students of the school on Monday gain entry after destroying a part of the school’s security fence.
He spoke while taking the Deputy Governor of the state, Idiat Adebule, and other state government officials who visited the school round the premises.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that gunmen, on Monday night, around 8:30 p.m, abducted three female students of the school, owned by the Lagos Anglican Diocese at Agunfoye-Lugbusi in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Mr. Adeyemi said the gunmen, on gaining entry from the back, started shooting sporadically to scare the students and teachers away.
He said all efforts by the management to rescue the abducted pupils from their abductors were not successful as the gunmen overpowered them with sophisticated guns and other weapons.
“They came with sophisticated guns and weapons and started shooting sporadically to frustrate us from rescuing our pupils they had abducted as everybody was running for safety.”
“I got the governor on phone about three hours later and he contacted the Commissioner of Police and other top security agencies.”
“They were all here immediately and ever since then, they have been working tirelessly to ensure that we secure our pupils.”
“We are trusting God; we place our hope in Him that these children would return back to this school safely,” he said.
The abductors of the three female students of the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos are currently demanding N60 million ransom from the parents of their victims to free them.
Reports gathered from Daily Trust NewsPaper revealed that the gunmen who abducted the girls from their school on Monday night first demanded a total of N100 million ransom, before reducing it to N60 million.
One of the parents of the girls who claimed to have been contacted by the abductors further said that the kidnappers also contacted the authorities of the school on Tuesday to ask for the said sum.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, however, claimed that he was not aware of such demands by the abductors who stormed the school in three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) around 8pm and abducted the three girls from their dormitory.
Meanwhile, the police authority has deployed several sniffer dogs in search of the fleeing gunmen. It has also beefed up security around Ikorodu, especially within schools in the area, while also deploying a newly-acquired forensic laboratory vehicle manned with forensic experts to the scene of the abduction to help analyse all clues recovered from the site.
A police source told DailyTrust correspondent that the sniffer dogs were to comb the terrain of the school and the murky waters of Ikorodu, while extending the search to Ijebu Ode area of neighbouring Ogun State.
Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary is a private secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria. It is affiliated with the Church of Nigeria. What’s your reaction to this disturbing Nigeria kidnapping trend?
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