They were not ardent football fans but the six kidnaped students from the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe were all clad in jerseys of big European clubs - Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United when they were rescued.

This was no mere coincidence as one of the parents of the now released kids have revealed.

One of the parents who spoke on the condition of anonymity told that the kidnappers initially made the pupils wear football jerseys in order to deceive security operatives who were closing in on the criminals.

“I just want to thank God he is back home now,” the relieved father stated

“I don’t want to say anything in the media now and we were also warned not to grant interviews. My son told me that it was those kidnappers who bought the jerseys for them.

 “I was initially surprised when he came back putting on a jersey because my son is not really a football fan and he barely shows love for these European clubs.

“Clothing the boys in jerseys was a plan to deceive the security operatives each time the kidnappers changed their location, my son told me when I had a chat with him.”

The parent also revealed that his son and the five other pupils will be visiting a top hospital in Lagos for further check-ups facilitated by the Lagos State government.

“He is not really himself yet but I’m sure with time he will recover totally,” the father added.

“It’s not easy for young boys to be away in captivity for over two months without adequate care.”

On 25 May 2017, six boys of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe were kidnapped from their school premises but they were freed in Ondo State on Friday, 28 July after spending 64 days in captivity.

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