28 out of the 121 kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School in kaduna who were abducted from their school on July 5th, 2021 were released on Sunday after spending 20 days in bandits’ den.
It was gathered that the students were released after N50m ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
While 28 students have been released, the Nigerian Baptist Convention said 87 students are still being held back by the bandits.
In Kebbi State, parents of the 83 students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, who are still in captivity since their abduction 40 days ago, told newsmen 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.”