NIGERIA – After sixty-four days in captivity, the six kidnapped boys of Lagos State Model College Igbonla have been freed in Ondo State.
The traumatized boys who had been forced to suffer untold hardship and their helpless parents who had grieved and wailed and searched for about two months, can now finally find respite following confirmation of the release.
According to developing reports, the six students namely, Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips, and Farouq Yusuf regained freedom from their captors on Friday in Ondo State.
While details of their release are still not clear, the news will be welcomed from far and wide as a very significant positive development, as the story had assumed national prominence and attracted public sympathy and advocacy.
The release of the students is coming five days after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo spoke on the matter for the first time, and assured that the six students will soon regain freedom.
The students, who were kidnapped on May 25, had remained in captivity despite promises that they would be rescued in a short time.
Recall that on the morning of May 24, 2017, heavily armed gunmen had stormed the Lagos State-owned Epe college and abducted the six boys before reportedly making their way via boats through the Imeru/ Iji waterway.
In October of 2016, gunmen had in a similarly brazen manner, abducted six people from the same school, including four students, a vice principal and a teacher. Their ordeal lasted about six days, ending only after ransom payment led to their release.
Many observers will be keen to find out the exact circumstances of the boys’ release, and will want to know what sustainable measures would be put in place by both the state and federal government, so as to forestall a recurrence.