The abductors of the three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School have reportedly reduced the ransom on the students from N2oo million to N10 million due to the ill-health of one of the abducted girls.
A source, close to the school confirmed that the abductors had actually reduced the ransom, during their last contact. “They have reduced the ransom again and they said that they reduced it because one of the girls was sick,” the source revealed, adding that “they (the abductors) said that they did not want anything bad to happen to the children, before they are released.”
Meanwhile, investigations by Lagos Metro revealed that detectives from the state police command are close to arresting some of the kidnappers. A police source, who pleaded anonymity, while speaking with Lagos Metro said, “I can assure you that we will arrest the kidnappers. We are deploying technology in our investigations and possibly in no distant time, we will arrest the kidnappers.”
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly has, however, blasted the state of the nation’s security, describing it as ‘inadequate,’ while also insisting that security in Lagos State is particularly poor. The Speaker made this known, on Thursday, while reacting to the kidnap.
According to the Speaker, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, in the light of this, the Lagos Assembly will again revive the agitation for the creation of state police which will be expected to help beef up security in communities in the state.
In his comments, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, noted that the kidnapping incident, which he raised under the matters of urgent public importance, was another major call for the Lagos State Government to beef up security in the state.
Agunbiade who is the lawmaker representing Ikorodu I, said it was time the state government beefed up security in Ikorodu area, which has been at the forefront of security-related issues in recent times. He also called for more education of owners of private schools on how to secure their schools and hostels.