Lagos Students: What The Kidnappers Did To Us In The Bush

The abducted students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Epe, have narrated their ordeals in the kidnappers' den for some days.

Heavily armed men had invaded the school last week and whisked away Vice-Principal, Mr. A.O. Oyesola; the English Language/Civil Education teacher, Mr. Lukman Oyerinde; and four Junior Secondary School 1 pupils. ‎They were eventually freed yesterday.

One of the victims revealed to that the journey from the school to the hideout took four hours. One of them said that they were not s*xually molested in the bush.

On how they were released, one of them said: “They kept telling us that the delay on our release was caused by our families, until Tuesday. They did not mention names but they addressed themselves as Commander, General and Colonel.

“Three armed men were always with us while others were stationed in different areas. On Tuesday night, one of them received a call after which he told us to get ready. He did not tell us where we were going to. We entered two speed boats with our eyes blindfolded.

“We embarked on the journey and were later dropped off. They told us to walk straight down, that we would meet our relatives.”

The victims, most of who live in Epe, were taken to the Epe General Hospital for general check-up.

Also speaking with newsmen, one of the parents, Mr. Oluwafemi Adebisi, said: “My son, Isaac, told me that they were not molested by the kidnappers. He said that their only fear was over health challenges and crossfire with the police.

He said: “We are not living in Epe, but my wife and I relocated to Epe since the incident occurred. I was contacted at 12 midnight that the victims have been released and I immediately rushed to the school, where I saw my son hale and hearty.

“I was not afraid that something might happen to either Isaac or other victims because I have been praying ceaselessly.”

Asked if he paid ransom for the release of his son, he replied, “let’s not talk of ransom because I did not pay any dime. But I don’t know if anyone paid. My joy is that my son and others returned alive.

“My appreciation goes to God Almighty, the Lagos State Government and the police for the roles they played while the victims were in captivity.”