Parents of released 28 Kaduna Bethel School students paid abductors N50m – Reports

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Twenty-eight students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, were released on Sunday after spending 20 days in bandits’ den.

Those who regained their freedom were among the 121 students who were abducted when bandits invaded the school on July 5.

The PUNCH gathered that the bandits released the students after collecting N50m as ransom.

On Sunday, there was panic among the parents of the remaining students as the Nigerian Baptist Convention said 87 schoolchildren were still with the bandits.

In Kebbi State, parents of the 83 students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, who were still in captivity since their abduction 40 days ago, told The PUNCH that their abductors were insisting on the release of their colleagues arrested by security agents.

About 136 pupils, who were abducted from an Islamic school at Tegina, Niger State in May, spent 54 days in bandits’ den on Sunday.

In Kaduna State, there were mixed reactions as bandits released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the bandits demanded a N60m ransom, but N50m was raised by the school and some parents who contributed what they could afford.

Some parents, whose children were not released, were anxious over their safety.

A parent whose daughter was not released said that they were surprised that the bandits were still keeping 87 students.

He said, “The school and some parents raised N50m. Some parents contributed the amount they could afford. The bandits told the school to bring the money to a designated place. The money was taken to them. We thought they would release all the students, but we were surprised when only 28 were released. My daughter is among those still in captivity. I am praying for her safety.”

This medium had ,on Friday, reported that the bandits contacted the management of the school and demanded more food items. – PUNCH

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