Turkish school: Kidnappers demand N1.2bn ransom
By Christopher Oji
Kidnappers of students and officials of Nigeria-Turkish International School, Isheri, Ogun State have demanded a whooping N1.2billion ransom.
Gunmen had stormed the Nigeria-Turkish school on Friday night at 9.30pm, snatching female students and officials. Among the kidnapped girls are two Junior Secondary School (JSS) students, one Senior Secondary School (SSS) student, three Nigerian workers and two Turkish staff.
Detective handling the case told Daily Sun that the kidnappers had called families of the abducted schoolgirls and Nigerian officials demanding N100million ransom each. They also demanded N300million on each of the two Turkish nationals among the victims.
“They have been using the victims’ phone numbers to call their families. Each of the families was asked to pay N100 million. Whenever the families try to negotiate, the kidnappers would end the call,” said a security source, who would not want to be named.
It was learnt that Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the school hostel have shown that the kidnappers wore masks. One of the kidnappers, it was also gathered, wore skirt, but detectives suspect he is a man.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State government has assured parents and staff of the school that prompt action would be taken to ensure immediate release of the kidnapped victims.
The kidnap incident was said to have occurred on the 9th anniversary of the school.
It came barely three months after gunmen invaded Lagos Model College in Epe and kidnapped four students, a vice principal and a teacher.