Abductors release 10 more Baptist students, collect N100m ransom

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Ten of the remaining 21 Bethel Baptist High school students, Kaduna, were on Sunday freed by bandits.

The 10 students were the fourth batch of the students to be released by their captors.

It was learnt that the parents went into fresh negotiation with the bandits before they release the students.

This was after they had collected a total sum of N100m ransom.

It was also gathered that some of the parents sold their landed property, vehicles and other valuables to raise the money.

Although the police had yet to confirm the release of the abducted students, a security source said, “The students were released on Sunday afternoon and were immediately reunited with their parents.”

Reports said the students who looked weak were taken to hospital for medical attention.

Recall that students numbering 121, were kidnapped by bandits on July 5, 2021, on the school premises along the Kaduna – Kachia highway in Damishi in the Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

After the abduction, the marauders freed the student in batches after collecting millions of naira ransom.

On Thursday, September 23, the police announced the arrest of three out of the 25 suspected members of a gang that abducted the students.

Spokesman for the police, Mr. Frank Mba, said in a statement that the three who were arrested by operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS), were among the 50 suspects arrested for various offences.

He listed their names as Ishaku Lawal, Muazu Abubakar and Adam Bello adding that the suspects had narrated how they operated and were responsible for several highway robberies on that Kaduna axis.

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