“How I Escaped from Kidnappers” – Babington Macaulay Student Reveals
The kidnappers of the three school girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS) recently demanded 100 millions as ransom on each student which was later slashed to 20m! The daredevils successfully abducted the girls on Monday, February 29, at about 9:30pm from their classroom during ‘prep’.
The Lagos State police command has reportedly spread its dragnet (on air and surface manhunt) to round up the suspects and thus nip in the bud what could potentially turn a very disturbing trend in the commercial and entertainment capital of Nigeria.
The victims have been identified as Timilehin Olisa (daughter of a member of Anglican School Management Board, Lagos State); Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan and Deborah Akinayo.
How, a lucky student of the Ikorodu-based school has narrated how she escaped being caught by the kidnappers.
“We were reading for our test billed for Tuesday morning, that night when we heard the first gun shot. We ignored it, thinking it was fire crackers. Then, another shot followed. At that point, we were scared.
“One of us jokingly said, ‘those people that attempted to strike the other day have come o.’ Hearing that, I froze and started praying. Before we could think of the next thing to do, three SSS1 students ran into our class room, screaming: Robbers! We all ran out in our confused state, only to bump into four armed men.
“We ran back towards the window, where we struggled to jump out from. At that point, one of the gunmen held my cloth from behind. In my attempt to free myself from his grips, a student fell down. He (gunman) left me and held the student that fell by the leg, while I ran with all my strength until I got to the hostel.”
According to media reports, the abductors reduced the ransom to N20 million per student, and then N10m, allegedly after passionate pleas. They initially wanted 100m! It was also insinuated that the kidnappers may be militants who turned to kidnapping for survival.
As at Wednesday, March 2, academic activities were grounded at the private missionary secondary school, as students were ordered to remain in their hostels, with strict instruction to keep mum on the unfortunate incident.
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