Pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25, 2017, reunited with their children following their release after 64 days in captivity.
The pupils – Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf – arrived at the Lagos State Deputy Governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja from Ondo State around 9 pm.
The children were said to have been dropped at Aboto Creek in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State by some members of the gang at about 12 pm and moved to the office of the state’s deputy governor.
Adebule received the children in Lagos along with the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, and his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi.
A source said, “Some parents took the N5m to Odi-Omi, Ogun State. When it was 8 pm, they came out from a bus and collected it. The parents were strictly warned to keep it a secret from the police.
“They asked them to tell the police authorities to keep off waterways or else they would not release the children. It was the money that led to the release. Together with the previous payments, they collected N37m.”
“Early Friday morning, the militants released the pupils to the deputy governor between Ajakpa and Igbonla creeks. The children said they were not maltreated by their abductors. “