Kidnappers demand more money for Baptist school students

The kidnappers of students of the Bethel Baptist School in Kaduna States have asked for more money.

It was  learnt on Monday that the bandits had increased the ransom to be paid before the release of the remaining 87 schoolchildren in their custody.

Our source did not state the amount the bandits were asking for.

He said, “Yesterday (Sunday), we talked in the night; they (bandits) have not said anything new, nothing positive yet; they are asking for more money and we are doing our best. But we don’t have that kind of money again. Look at the children who escaped. If government had put the bandits under pressure, more children would have been out.”

The bandits had on July 5, 2021, stormed the school located along the Kaduna-Kachia highway in the Chikun Local Government Area and made away with the students.

The proprietor, who is also the President, Kaduna Baptist Conference, Rev. Ishaya Jangado, disclosed that no fewer than 121 students were abducted by the bandits.

One of the students was later released by the bandits on health grounds

The abductors were reported to have demanded N60m as ransom.

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

It was gathered that the bandits released the students after collecting N50m as ransom.

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

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