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Some unknown gunmen stormed a Turkish School, Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC), in Isheri, Ogun State on Friday night and abducted three female students, three female supervisors, a female cook, and a female teacher (Turkish).

A statement issued by the school’s spokesman, Cemal Yigit, said the kidnappers breached the school’s well-fortified security through the back gate at about 9:30pm.

Yigit said the armed intruders gained entrance through the girls’ section and immediately held the eight people – all females – hostage.

“The school security noticed some movement on the CCTV camera at the girls’ section and promptly deployed security personnel and alerted the relevant security agencies in the area as customary.

“Upon hearing the security alarm activated and sighting our security personnel, the armed invaders opened fire on the security staff and managed to escape through a very dangerous route with the hostages,” he said.

He, however, said security officers were on the trail of the abductors.

“The security agencies are currently on their trail as the whole area has been cordoned off. We wish to assure parents and guardians that the students and teacher will return to safety as soon as everything possible has been deployed to ensure that our teachers and students return unhurt by God’s grace”, the school’s spokesperson assured.

An atmosphere of confusion prevailed at the elite school premises yesterday morning in the wake of the development as parents and guardians hurried to withdraw their wards from the school.

Our correspondent, who was on the spot, found most of the students in shock on account of the episode the previous night. A reliable source that recounted the experience said that the kidnappers that carried out the operation were about 15 in number. The incident happened after the students finished their hostel meeting.

Reports state that after breaking into the female dormitory upstairs, they immediately locked the door and pointed guns at the fear stricken students.

“It was a scary moment for all of us as we scampered and hid in supervisor’s room after the abductors left. Two of them came into our dormitory while the rest stayed downstairs. It was a very confusing scenario as we could barely sleep,” one of the students told reporters.

The Principal and the Security Adviser, Yunus Emre Dogan and Stephen Adewunmi, respectively said the gunmen came into the school and started shooting sporadically.

According to them, the abductors immediately made their way into the female hostel.

They explained that the abductors dug a big hole through the fence of the school from where they escaped through the bushy, swampy area.

Dogan explained this while playing host to the deputy governor of Ogun State, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who led other members of Ogun State Executive Council to the school for an on-the-spot assessment.

There were indications yesterday that the kidnappers of 10 students and staff of the Nigerian Turkish International College, NTIC, Ogun State have reduced their earlier demand of N1.2 billion ransom for the release of the abducted persons, to N750 million. Relatives of the Nigerian victims were requested to pay N50 million each while N200 million was demanded as ransom for that of the Turkish Mathematics teacher, Miss Deria.

Nigerian Tulip international Colleges, financed by First Surat Group which brought her investments from Turkey, currently has a total number of 16 educational institutions located in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Yobe and Ogun states with staff strength of over 1000 academic and non-academic personnel.

Author: Tubonemi – Nigeria

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