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The abductors of two students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun state have released them after collecting N2.2m .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Adejare Olayem, a National Diploma 1 Part-time Student, and Orekoya Oluwatobi, a Higher National Diploma ll Student from the Department of Business Administration were released on Sunday evenning after they collected N2.2m .
They were kidnapped on Friday evening on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway .
It was learnt that the abductors initially contacted the families of their victims and demanded N10 million for each of the two students
A close relative simply identified as Segun confirmed that the two students were released on Sunday evening.
Segun told our correspondent that the kidnap victims were released after a ransom of N2.2 million was paid.
He said, “It is confirmed, they have been released this evening. The two girls were released after the kidnappers collected N2. 2 million ransom.
“They are presently home with their families, but I am not at the family’s house right now, I don’t have the full details, but I know they have been released.”
Recalled that the victims were on their way to Ibadan around 6:00 pm on Friday when they ran into the gunmen.
The incident occured near Sat Guru Maharaji Garden, at the Ibadan end of the Lagos- Ibadan expressway.
It was gathered that the families of the victims had negotiations with the kidnappers over the phone, and agreed to take N2 million each for the release of the students.
The students’ colleagues and the students Union of the polytechnic have however started a fundraising campaign for the abducted students.
The Union through a statement signed by its President, Damilola Ajani had confirmed the reduction in the ransom.
Ajani in the release said the abductors have given 2:00pm on Sunday (today) as the deadline for the payment of four million Naira for the students.
“Unfortunately, the kidnappers demand a total sum of ten million naira each for the release of the victims.
Speaking over the phone, Ajani confirmed the reduction of the ransom.
He added ” There are only a few hours left before the deadline given by the kidnappers.
“The Students Union has reached out to the State Government through the SA on Students Affairs. We’ve also met with Ogun State Commissioner of Police and the Director of DSS.
“We were assured that the Security agencies are working fastidiously to facilitate the release of the victims. However, the urgency and sensitivity of the matter necessitate this fundraising.
“We urge all members of the public to save the lives of these students. Tomorrow might be too late as the ultimatum given by the captors ends today.”
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