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Lagos Govt. has abandoned us – Parents of kidnapped students

Lagos Govt. has abandoned us – Parents of kidnapped students
Parents of the six students kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, on Saturday said the government had abandoned them to their plight.

The parents, who spoke exclusively with PREMIUM TIMES Saturday morning, lamented the poor attitude of the government towards rescuing the kidnapped students.
While narrating their ordeals, the parents sought to remain anonymous in their individual comments because of the safety of their kids.
They, however, disclosed that the kidnappers were demanding N100 million as ransom, as against the N400 million they had initially asked for.
They said they could not afford the money, adding that the kidnappers said they would only want to negotiate with the government.
“We are retired civil servants, fishermen, pensioners…there is absolutely no way we could raise N100 million and the government has said that it was not going to negotiate with kidnappers, so we are in confusion,” an elderly man who spoke on behalf of the rest of the parents, said.
“This is about the 10th day that the kids have been kidnapped. We need help.”
When asked about the role of the police thus far, he lamented the poor manner the case was being handled, stating that they had been “abandoned” by all agents of the state.
“Have the police met with the parents of the kidnapped kids?” he asked rhetorically. “They have not. Everybody, the police, the school authority, the government, the ministry of education, everybody… they’ve all abandoned us!
“We cannot raise a N100 million; that’s the problem now.
“I believe the police have expertise to negotiate this kind of thing even if it is covertly. They have criminologist…
“The lawmaker that was kidnapped recently, there was a way they did it. That’s only one life, we are talking about six lives here. That man wasn’t held for more than three days. Possibly somebody negotiated and the man was released,” he said.
When prompted about the resolve of the government not to negotiate with the kidnappers, the parent condemned the position, saying what’s important is the safety of the students.
“We are canvassing for the release of our kids, however they want to do it but we all know it can’t be done by force now because the kids are with them.
“The only option we have right now is to negotiate and get them out,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

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