The Reason Why Igbonla pupils have not been rescued: Parents Lament
Parents of the six pupils kidnapped on May 25 from the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, on May 25, have blamed the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for the continued detention of their wards by militants
Yusuf Farouk, Ramon Isiaka, Pelumi Philips, Peter Jonas, Adebanjo George and Judah Agbaosi were kidnapped from their hostels by militants clad in police uniforms.
The parents said the publicity given the arrest of three suspected members of the gang picked up in Edo State by Abba Kyari led IRT made the kidnappers to relocate the boys to a creek in Niger Delta.
According to the parents, the police have forgotten about their children and were more interested in celebrating the capture of kingpin, Chukwudumeje George Onwuamadike alias Evans.
The parents, who said they have resorted to prayer and fasting for the return of their wards, expressed worries that it might turn to another Chibok saga.
Egelu Endurance, 25 alias Jubby, Stanley Yomi Irabomini, 25, (Powei) and Bentel Endurance, 24, all from Ovia South Local Government Area (LGA) were said to have left the creeks for Benin City in order to check the locations they planned to move the victims before they were caught.
Knowing that their cover was blown, those in the creek changed plans and allegedly moved the victims in a creek in Ondo State, which was inaccessible to security forces.
A parent who confirmed that the kidnappers collected N10million but failed to release the pupils, said they were insisting on communications with the government.
He said the kidnappers after collecting the N10million, contacted one of the parents demanding that the balance be remitted or the pupils would be killed.
He said: “The police should be held responsible if anything should happen to our children. We were shocked when we read in the newspapers that three of the suspects have been arrested. How can the police, knowing that our children were still held by the kidnappers announce the arrest of some gang members?
“What did they want to achieve with that announcement? Now, the kidnappers have relocated the children, collected our N10million and switched off their phones. Is it because we are not rich people?
“How can they in the middle of an investigation reveal that they arrested some members of the gang. What were they hoping to achieve? Were they expecting the gang to remain in their hideout given the arrest of some of their members?
“We are still running around, hoping they would call again so that we can tell them how far we have gone.
It was gathered that some senior police officers officers were also unhappy with the way Kyari exposed news of the arrest, when the pupils were still held captive.
The officers, it was learnt, condemned the bridge of protocols employed by Kyari, describing it as unprofessional.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that another pupil took ill and was taken out of the camp for treatment.
According to a police source, they were not giving up on the rescue of the students and arrest of the kidnappers.
He said IGP Ibrahim Idris has already placed a bounty on the gang leader’s head, Americana, adding that the Lagos State Command has been directed to intensify efforts towards getting the pupils unhurt.
In a related development, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone II, Adamu Ibrahim, during his visit to Government House, Alausa, assured that all hands were on deck to ensure the safe return of the pupils.
He said: “Infact very soon, you will hear good news on the issue. We are working seriously on it. At this stage, I will not want to disclose too much because these are security issues. I want to say that people should give us a chance and very soon, they will hear good news.”