Kidnapped Turkish Staff & Student Released After 11 Days

LAGOS — The eight students and two staff of the Nigeria Turkish

International School, Isheri, Ogun State, who were abducted on January

13, 2017, have regained their freedom.

They were released about 7.30pm yesterday after ransom was paid.

Available information had it that parents parted with between

N4million about N10 million each to secure the release of the students

and staff. The Police high command yesterday morning had assured

apprehensive parents and relatives of the victims, that their wards

would be released in 24 hours.

This assurance might not be unconnected with the move of the Inspector

General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to personally take over the rescue

operation of the victims and subsequent apprehension of those behind


Vanguard gathered that the visibly angry IGP, was concerned about the

condition of the victims who have been kept at the kidnappers den for

12 days.

As at yesterday, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge

of Zone 2 Command comprising Lagos and Ogun states police commands, Mr

Kayode Aderanti, visited Ogun State. Shortly after leaving the Ota

farm of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo , he told newsmen that the

police were closing in on the kidnappers, adding that the zonal

command was doing all it could to rid Ogun and Lagos states of


He said : "We are working assiduously towards getting the children

back . In a matter of 24 hours or there about, they will be out. Just

give us sometime, we are working seriously on them.

''My visit here is to let them know that I am here to put in my best,

to support the structure on the ground, to work closely with my

Commissioners of Police, who have been doing a hell of a job and to

ensure we put up a very good security architecture in Ogun state such

that everybody will go about his or her duty without fear".

Multiple confirmation of release

Vanguard news paper obtained multiple confirmation of the victims

release last night. The AIG told Vanguard; ''We thank God the ordeal

is over. Now we can concentrate on bringing the abductors to book.''

According to him; ''The victims were released close to their school

around 7.30pm.

The school's Public Relations Officer, Mr Cema Yigit told Vanguard,

with a lot of excitement in his voice, that; ''Yes they've been

released but I cant give you much details now. But a statement will be

issued later.''

Another staff of the school who craved anonymity said all the 10

victims were released.

''However they were all taken to an undisclosed hospital to determine

their state of health and stabilise them emotionally.''

According to Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, PPPRO,

Abimbola Oyeyemi ;''The victims were released last night and we are

expecting them at the police command, Eleweran, Abeokuta tomorrow


Parents besiege school

It was further gathered as soon as the news of the release of the

victims filtered to town, parents of the affected students and the

staff as well as other parents thronged the school premises.

According to the source it was jubilation galore as the parents,

teachers and the management could not hide their happiness.

Statement from school

A statement issued by the school, signed by Yigit read; "We wish to

inform the general public that the kidnapped students and staff of the

Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun state, have regained


The victims were released this evening 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.

" We also wish to extend our appreciation to the government and good

people of Ogun State for their support throughout the difficult

period. The role of the Ogun State Government is highly appreciated.

"Our special appreciation also goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, the

Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of

State Services, the Chief of Army Staff, and others too numerous to

mention for their efforts.

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