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Kidnappers demand N100m for Ekiti pupils, teachers

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The kidnappers of five pupils from the Apostolic Faith Group of Schools in Emure, Ekiti, and four staff members have demanded a ransom of N100 million for the release of the nine victims kidnapped on Monday.

Boje Olanireti, the principal of the secondary division of the school, verified the ransom demand in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday.

Chronicle NG reports that the children and four staff members were abducted after a school bus transporting 25 students home after school hours was stopped by kidnappers in Ekiti State’s Emure town.

Olanireti shed light on how the incident transpired, stating that the kidnapping happened approximately a five-minute drive from the school.

She said, “Immediately the school closed at 3 p.m., and by the time we gathered all the children, it was already 3:30 p.m.It was at that time that they moved. So, the incident happened between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“The school is in a suburb of Emure village, so they were going back home to Eporo. The incident occurred just about a five-minute drive from the school to Eporo.

”When the gunmen attacked, the people around them heard the gunshots, and they came to Emure with motorcycles to inform the people in the school about what happened. We immediately reported to the police station at Emure.

”The students were over 25 on the bus when the incident happened. When the gunmen attacked them, they shot the tyre of the vehicle and asked the children to come out of the bus.

”They asked all of them to lie down. They picked five students and four staff members. They, after that, asked others to go.”

Olanireti added, ”The five students comprise two from secondary school and three from primary school, while the four staff comprise two teachers, one driver, and one bus assistant.

”When the parents heard about the incident, they came from Eporo, and they have been making frantic efforts by reaching out to some security outfits, including the police and Amotekun.’’

”The security operatives have also been talking to the proprietor of the primary school, and he has been giving them information.

”By the time they opened communication, they first called the husband of one of the teachers and demanded N10 million for each kidnapped victim.

”But when they later called the headmaster, they demanded N100m for all of them,” the principal said.

A family source at Eporo Ekiti, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed on Tuesday that the kidnappers had contacted the family of one of the children, demanding N100 million from the victims.

The source said, ”They (kidnappers) called the family of one of the schoolchildren, and they are requesting N10 million per victim.

”What we gathered is that there are nine people kidnapped: five schoolchildren, two teachers, one bus assistant, and a driver.

”The parents are at Eporo. The bus was taking them home after closing. It was in the process that the kidnappers struck. None of the families of the abductees can afford the ransom.”

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