Lagos- After three weeks of communication silence, abductors of six pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, have contacted some parents of the victims again.
It was learnt on Wednesday that the kidnappers also allowed the parents to speak with all the children, promising that they would be released soon.
It was gathered that the kidnappers did not request that the parents or the government pay any additional ransom.
The children had spent 41 days in captivity as of Wednesday.
Three days after notifying the college of the attack, the gunmen broke into the boys’ hostel around 6am on Thursday, May 25.
They picked 10 Senior Secondary School pupils from the hostel and led them to a waterside, where their speedboat was anchored.
The pupils were screened based on their family backgrounds. While four were consequently released, the assailants whisked away the remaining six pupils, identified as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Phillips and Farouq Yusuf.
After a prolonged negotiation, the kidnappers eventually settled for N100m ransom for all the children.
The parents had protested at the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s office on Wednesday, June 7, accusing the government of indifference and asking it to facilitate the release of the children.
Eventually, the parents raised and paid N10m to the captors on June 9.
The following day, they demanded additional N40m ransom and went incommunicado, leaving the parents in confusion.
However, some parents, who spoke with Punch correspondent on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers had established contact with them again.
They said the gang allowed them to speak with all the children and assured them of their safety.