After 11 days in kidnappers’ den, three students and five staff of the Nigerian-Turkish International School, Isheri Ogun State have been rescued, the police said Tuesday.
The victims were abducted from the school on January 13.
Announcing the release, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, declared “The pupils and staffs of Nigeria Turkish international school kidnapped on Friday 13th January have all been rescued unhurt this evening.”
While some reports claim families of the students paid a ransom of N10million to secure their freedom the police insist no money was paid.
Similarly, a statement by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Tulip Internation School, Cemal Yigit confirmed the release of the staff and studetns.
“we wish to inform the general public that the kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun state, have regained freedom.”
“The victims were released this evening (Tuesday) after a painstaking collaborative effort by the relevant security agencies in the country.
“The management of NTIC wishes to express our gratitude to the relevant security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the three students, one Turkish teacher, a cook and three supervisors.”
Yigit thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the government and good people of Ogun state, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the Chief of Army Staff and many others too numerous to mention for their support throughout the difficult period.
He said the students and teachers are doing fine and have reunited with their parents.