Bandits who kidnapped students from the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government, Niger State, have reached out to the school’s administration to demand a ransom.
The gunmen reportedly called the school’s headmaster, Abubakar Alhassan, about 4 p.m. on Monday, asking a ransom of N110 million or be prepared to receive the corpse of the abducted 156 students if the ransom were not received by today June 1, 2021.
The message from the kidnappers has been sent to security operatives of the state, according to the school’s headmaster.
Information reaching newsmen have it that some persons in the affected community have started raising the money for the ransom, which they hope to pay the bandits.
Mary Noel Berje, the state Governor’s spokesman, quoted Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, the state Deputy Governor, saying: “Government is on the trail of the bandits, and attempts are being made to identify them.”
“The number of the kidnapped schoolchildren is not fully ascertained. However, efforts by security agencies to secure their release have been intensified.
“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely.”