There were indications on Wednesday, that the kidnappers who stormed Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, Monday night, abducting three Senior Secondary School female students have reduced the ransom to N20 million per student.
Timilehin Olisa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo, all SS2 students were whisked away at about 9:30pm on Monday from their classroom while they were having prep.
Timilehin, it was learnt is the daughter of the State’s Anglican School Management Board.
It was learnt that the kidnappers contacted the father of one of the girls on Tuesday, demanding N200 million in exchange of the three students.
Yesterday the kidnappers demanded for as much as N200 million for the students.
They have however succumbed to passionate pleas by their contact in the school, and reduced their demands to N20 million.
Besides, the kidnappers have been discovered to be militants turned vandals.
They were said to have gotten the number of the man they contacted from his daughter, and allegedly made it known that their target was the school.
It was learnt that the criminals’ first call to the man was ended abruptly and they called him again to pass their massage.
This development was said to have provoked an emergency meeting between the school’s management, victims’ parents and security agencies led by the Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni, which lasted till the early hours of Wednesday.
Three other meetings were held between 11am and 4:15pm with the school authorities, the combat squads and heads of intelligence agencies.
However, it could not be ascertained if the school would negotiate with the kidnappers, although they were expecting their call at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile it was learnt that security agencies have been completely surrounded the school.
It was gathered that the suspects’ location have been identified and several crack teams of military personnel, police and DSS and the local vigilante group known as ‘Oyabo’ have been deployed into their hideout.
NE also learnt that the criminals were still within Lagos and shocked to a corner.
It was learnt that the parents and teachers have intensified prayers for the release of the girls, just as academic activities did not start until past 10am.