By Evelyn Usman & Tare Youdeowei
LAGOS—There were indications, yesterday, that the family of one of the abducted persons from Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Eredo Local Council Development Area, last Thursday, had paid N1 million ransom to the kidnappers.
The money, as gathered, was dropped at an undisclosed designated place, as instructed by the kidnappers, for the release of the ailing captive.
However, at 7p.m. yesterday, family of the sick captive was yet to receive the victim.
The agreement to drop the money was reportedly reached between the kidnappers and one of the family members after much plea on behalf of the sick captive.
Meanwhile, news went round, yesterday, that the sick captive had been released. But effort to reach a relative of the concerned family to ascertain the claim proved abortive as he refused to pick his call.
The relative had informed Vanguard, Monday, that the family had raised N1 million, which it intended to pay to the kidnappers. He also confirmed payment of the money.
When Vanguard contacted authorities of the school to ascertain claim of the release, a member of staff, who did not want his name mentioned, said: “ We have received several calls from journalists and well meaning Nigerians, that the abducted persons had been released.
“When we called the concerned families, they said they have not seen them. We are all hopeful that they would be released.
“I cannot also say if any of the families paid ransom because they have not disclosed that to us.”