The health condition of one of the school children kidnapped by gunmen at Igbonla Model College, Epe, Lagos has deteriorated as the kidnappers have rejected the offer of N750, 000 ransom offered by parents.
The child had fallen ill after a heavy down pour on Saturday forcing the kidnappers to order the child’s family to pay any amount to release the child for treatment.
The family had as at yesterday, gathered N750, 000, but the hoodlums rejected the offer, requesting for N1million.
Militants last Thursday stormed the school during Assembly and abducted the Vice Principal, a teacher, and four students of the school.
The kidnappers had demanded for N100 million, by Saturday’s evening, they reduced the ransom to N5 million each totaling N30 million. They had threatened to kill their captives if the family failed to pay the ransom on or before Wednesday of involve security agencies.
However, a family source of one of the victim’s at about 5.20 am newsmen that “We were contacted that our child is very sick. They said for the heavy downpour, the child is very ill. They said for the child’s sake, they have reduced the ransom to N3.5 million each, but gave respite to our family. They said we should drop something reasonable and pick our child. They have told us where and how to pay the ransom, but they warned that we must not involve the Police. We are gathering money. We have begged them to give the child drug while we are making efforts to gather the money. Our fear is what is reasonable? When my sister asked what is reasonable, the man switched off his phone”
As at the time of filling this report, a family source of the sick child said: “We were trying to find out what was actually reasonable, but the kidnappers did not explain. Today, when they contacted us, t hat our child’s health has worsened, my sister told them that we had N750, 000 as ransom; they warned that we should make it N1million.
“My brother, life of an innocent person is involved in this matter. I don’t understand why they should renege in their initial promise of agree to pay anything reasonable. They may not understand how we were able to rally the N750, 000.We sold many things in the house and other family members contributed as low as N1, 000.I am appealing to the kidnappers to take the child as theirs. Please, accept the money we offer and set the sick free for treatment.
“We have been looking for who to borrow N250, 000, and nobody is willing to assist. Please, tamper justice with mercy”, he pleaded.
Another victim’s family member who also pleaded anonymity said his family has begged with the kidnappers to reduce it from N30 to N4millon, N1 million each.
He said: “The spokesman for the kidnappers has insisted that we must pay N3.5 million each, save for the sick child’s family that they have accepted to collect N1million and the money must be paid on or before Wednesday”