In a shocking turn of events, the kidnapped pupils and staff of Apostolic Faith Group of Schools, Emure Ekiti, have finally gained their freedom. This hard-fought liberation came at a steep cost, as kidnappers extracted a hefty N16 million ransom from their distressed families.
The heart-wrenching ordeal lasted seven agonizing days for the abducted children and teachers. Tragically, the driver lost his life in the process, a somber reminder of the brutality they faced. The harrowing release occurred in the early hours of Sunday, around 3:00 am.
Initially, the abductors had demanded a staggering N100 million for the safe return of their captives. However, a compromise was reached, and the families scraped together N16 million to secure the release. The children and their educators, wearied by their traumatic experience, were captured in a poignant video, sitting on the floor as a concerned mother lamented the condition of her child in the background.
The incident unfolded when school children and teachers were kidnapped on a fateful Monday evening along the treacherous Emure – Eporo Road. The assailants, after firing shots at the bus, kidnapped nine individuals, comprising five students, three female teachers, and the ill-fated driver.
Confirmation of the hostages’ release came from a government official in Emure Ekiti, who assured that details would be provided shortly. Additionally, a reliable source affirmed the development, revealing that officials from the state Ministry of Health were present to transport the survivors to Ado Ekiti, the state capital, for much-needed medical attention.
This chilling episode serves as a stark reminder of the prevalent security challenges facing communities, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive measures to safeguard the lives of citizens. The resilient spirit exhibited by the victims and their families in the face of adversity showcases the strength of the human spirit even in the darkest of times.