6 March 2016

Nigeria: Abducted Lagos School Girls Freed

Lagos — Detectives on Sunday said they set free the three abducted school girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, kidnapped on Monday night by gunmen.

A Police source said the three girls, Olusa Oluwatimilehin, Popo-Olaniyan Tofunmi and Akinayo Deborah are currently recuperating in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos.

The girls were said to have been freed from the hands of their abductors at the wee hours of Sunday, the source said.

"They were found at Igbo-Okuta, a suburb of Ikorodu area of Lagos by detectives who had been on the trail of their abductors since the incident took place" the source said.

It could not be confirmed at press time if any arrest was made, but Daily Trust gathered that the girls would soon be reunited with their families.

The Lagos State Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the latest development to Daily Trust on phone, said the police wished to keep the whereabouts of the girls close to their chest.

She said: "You know that the girls would have gone through a lot of trauma. However, the girls are hail and healthy. We want to keep them away from public glare for now. We shall make our findings known to the press later".

"We are all excited. The school authority is excited; the victim's parents are all excited. We are happy that the girls were not harmed," she said.

Meanwhile, it could not be confirmed if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the girls.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of N100 million each as ransom for the release of the girls.

Two days later, they reduced the ransom to N20 million each and as at Thursday, the amount was further reduced to N10 million.


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