A development yesterday arose the hope, for the release of the kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian- Turkish International College (NTIC), located in Isheri North LGAs, Ogun State.
The overall commander of the militant group believed to be holding the captives was said to have ordered his men to release them for ransom.
A security source said the commander, identified as Ossy Ibori, may have also requested for amnesty from government while relocating from the creeks of Arepo on the border between Lagos and Ogun states to a forest in Ajapa area of Ondo State.
Ossy, the security source explained, wanted amnesty on exchange for his dropping of arms.
He was said to have relocated from the Arepo camp, leaving the kidnapped NTIC students and staff with some of his men, saying the captives should be freed in exchange for ransom.
Consequently, the source was optimistic that the captives may be released today or tomorrow as the group keeping them no longer enjoyed the protection it had when Ossy was within the Lagos creeks.
Meanwhile, the source said the group’s commander was believed to have carried out several killings, bank robberies, kidnappings and pipeline vandalism around Ikorodu, Ibafon, Arepo, Festac, Iba, Agbara, Lekki, Isheri, Igando and Epe areas of Lagos and Ogun State.
His group was also accused of being behind the plan to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos in November 2016 to attract government attention to its demand for amnesty for its members and pipeline protection contract in Lagos and Ogun.