Kidnappers Demand N100 Million Ransom For Ekiti Pupils, School Staff

The principal of the school's secondary section, Boje Olanireti, confirmed the ransom demand in an interview with Punch on Tuesday.

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Kidnappers have demanded a ransom of N100 million for the release of five pupils and four staff members from the Apostolic Faith Group of Schools in Emure, Ekiti.

The principal of the school’s secondary section, Boje Olanireti, confirmed the ransom demand in an interview with Punch on Tuesday.

Despite the efforts of security agencies, the problem of abductions continues to persist, with cases being reported daily in different parts of the country.

The incident took place when gunmen intercepted the school bus carrying 25 pupils home after school hours in the Emure community.

Olanireti explained that the abduction occurred just a five-minute drive away 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 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 in Eporo. The incident occurred just about a five-minute drive from the school to Eporo.”

“When the gunmen attacked, the people around 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.

On Tuesday, a family source at Eporo Ekiti—who wished to remain anonymous—confirmed that the abductors had gotten in touch with the family of one of the victims and demanded N100 million.

The source said, “They called the family of one of the schoolchildren, and they are requesting N10 million per victim. What we gathered is that there are nine persons 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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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.