Their parents are heartbroken and some have even gone out of their way to secure their release by allegedly paying the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

The Lagos State Police Command has however assured that the abducted pupils are fine.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who spoke at a press briefing on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Ikeja, added that the police are committed to reuniting the children with their parents.

The pupils – Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf – have spent 56 days in captivity.

Owoseni commended the parents for their patience on the incident.

Owoseni said, “I want to tell you that the children are fine. We will continue to intensify efforts with a view to ensuring that the children are reunited with their parents.

“I want us to continue with the understanding that the main objective of all of us is to successfully reunite these children with their parents. With your support and prayers, the children will be reunited with their parents.”

In June, the state government arrested Kidnap Kingpin, Evans who is in police custody. He has confessed to the crime and is cooperating with state authorities.

The CP also said the police and other security operatives are fully prepared to ensure that the Saturday, July 22 council election in the state is peaceful, free and fair.