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20 Kidnappers Killed, 8 Police Injured During Release Of 6 Abducted Lagos Model School Students

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20 Kidnappers Killed, 8 Police Injured During Release Of 6 Abducted Lagos Model School Students

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July 30, 2017 – 20 Kidnappers Killed, 8 Police Injured During Release Of 6 Abducted Lagos Model School Students

The six kidnapped students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, said they were tortured during their 65 days in captivity, according to two of them yesterday.

They were released on Friday through the combined efforts of the security agencies and Governors Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

“We were blindfolded, kept under the bridge with our legs tied. They fed us eba and crayfish soup,” one of the students (name withheld) told The Nation.

And they were given ‘reddish water’ to slay their thirst, he said.

Yusuf Farouk, Isiaka Ramon, Pelumi Philips, Peter Jonas, Adebanjo George and Judah Agbaosi were abducted from their hostels- Yellow and Green houses- on May 25 by gunmen clad in police uniform.

The maltreatment soon took a toll on them with two falling ill: they bled from the mouth.

The victim said their abductors routinely beat them and left them in the open, day and night.

Their only shelter was a bridge. But then they had no blankets or additional dresses to shield them from the elements.

He said: “They were beating us. They fed us with eba and crayfish soup. They mixed the crayfish with pepper and water and then gave us to eat with eba.

“They were giving us red water to drink. The water had a bad taste but no odour. It was polluted. They kept us under a bridge. They gave us no bed sheets or blankets.”

Their only wears all through were the dresses they had on when they were abducted and the replica jerseys provided by the kidnappers.

That was what they wore into freedom on Friday.

“They were the ones who gave us the replica jerseys,” he said.

The student is now “fine and happy” to be back home with his family after all the trauma.

“I have done my medical check up. I am fine and happy to be home with my family,” he said and paused, his mood changing immediately.

That ended the conversation at the discretion of his interviewer.

A second victim (name also withheld for security reasons) said they changed camps thrice during their captivity, enduring starvation at some point.

One of the camps was made of cut trees and the kidnappers had to erect a tent to shield them from rain.

As time went by the kidnappers allowed the boys to prepare their food, and move around, he said.

There were open displays of emotion on Friday as the parents of the 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 arrived at the Lagos State Deputy Governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja from Ondo State around 9 pm.

According to a source, the fresh payment of N5million brought the total ransom paid to the kidnappers to N37m.

Twenty suspected kidnappers of the pupils were killed in gun duels with security operatives in the events leading to the release of the pupils on Friday.

It was learnt that one civilian volunteer (local vigilante), who fought on the side of the security agents, was also killed, while eight policemen and four other volunteers sustained injuries in the shoot-outs.

The police said one of the members of the kidnap gang, who collected ransom on behalf of the gang, was also arrested.

The Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni, said 20 members of the gang involved in the abduction of the pupils were killed in gun duels with security operatives.

He said two of them were ringleaders identified as Bright Adeniyi and Oniwe Iyelabo, aka America.



  1. Ajala Niyi

    July 30, 2017 at 6:04 AM

    u v started ur lies again,u did d same when boko haram attacked UNIMAID lecturers dt u v secured d release of those poeple not knowing they were all been killed by d terrorists now another lies from d pit of hell again.I don’t trust u only trust in God for this country security


    July 30, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Nigerian security agents information on crimes are becoming too irritating to the ear. The police claims of haven killed 20 kidnappers still remains unverifiable and the CP of Lagos State wants Nigerians to credit him with a successful intervention while he continues to run a lone commentary that cannot be corroborated even by the kidnapped boys and, what’s the logic in self praise and addulations on police achievements in the kidnap saga. No-one is saying the did nothing to rescue the innocent boys but we should be circumspect in the manner the police is trying to shift attention from the real issues at hand and expect to be prsised for “killings” of the kidnappers. Not long before now the Nigerian army put out there they have rescued all the Maiduguri academic staffs in oil explorations in the lake Chad basin, thinking Nigerians are dumb and bereft of intelligence; only for 50 body bags to return to Maiduguri University teaching hospital mogues in less than 24 hours of the fake PRO gimmicks meant to decieve Nigerians. These Igbonla kidnapped boys have told the story of how they were treated in captivity but could not tell an iota of how and the drama went on in persuit of their kidnappers. Fact is, kidnappers are not that stupid to lay their lives in protecting children for which they have bargained their lives for and to end up being slaughtered while the boys are allowed to walk free. Not even kidnap kingpin the almighty Evans will easily fall for that. Evans kept his captives until he achieved the value of extortions placed on them and also hoped he walked free to enjoy the fruit of his gamble. If the police is proud of killings in Igbonla kidnap saga, they should as well not put Nigerians in doubt they actually did so by providing some semblance of evidence. Everything we know and have heared so far is from the police and the fact that the kidnapped boys have secured their freedom but; the police should not insult the intelligence of Nigerians moreso, when the boys looked so calm and not phydically harmed except for their emotional torture which is quite obvious having lived away from their parents and away in an ungodly forest. Question is, where were the kidnapped boys kept when the gun battle raged between the police and the kidnappers. If there was truely “fight to rescue” as the police made us to believe which resulted in the killings of 20 kidnappers, who then dressed them up for eventual realease in a replica jerseys as though they were being prepared to attend a fooball match. It beats any logical conclusions that haddened kidnappers will look on and allowed 20 members of their gang be slaughtered and still let go theit captives go unhurt.??? CP Owoseni should come again and or withdraw his populist statements that was all meant to mislead and to draw an undeserved accolade to thebpolice.

  3. olori

    July 30, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    And we say evans was wicked….the guy still try pass dis ones naa… At least him invest for business…… Just kidding….

  4. Ako

    July 30, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Well done

  5. ocpeace

    July 30, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    where this kidnappers sacked police men, dismissed uniform men. pls find out.

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