Part of the land belonging to Tanko Salihu Islamic School, Tegina, in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, was sold to raise N50m ransom in two batches, which was paid to the bandits that kidnapped 136 students from the school.
As of Wednesday, parents of the abducted students who had spent 79 days in captivity said they had exhausted every available means to get the children released from captivity.
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A source from Tegina, who spoke on condition of anonymity further confirmed to newsmen that part of the school land was sold to raise the initial money paid to the bandits to release the children.
“After paying N50m ransom in two batches, the kidnappers insisted on collecting additional N20m and six motorcycles which will cost another N3m; a part of the school land was sold to raise the N50m paid”, he added.
The source revealed that informants are contributing to the continued stay of the children with the kidnappers, saying they were giving bandits up to date information about the moves of the parents.
He said, “The first time the honourable representing our area came on a sympathy visit to the parents, he gave us N1m. Immediately he left, the abductors called to tell us how much he dropped”.
“Also, when the Director-General of the state Emergency Management Agency came, the abductors did the same thing, but we cannot identify anyone who could be doing that”.
Meanwhile, the parents, who resumed at the school every day, complained that the Niger State government had not been discussing with them; efforts aimed at rescuing the children.
One of them, who declined to be named, said, “We are tired; the government is doing nothing”.
The principal of the school, Alhassan Garba Abubakar, said during a telephone conversation said, the government should adopt the same method used in rescuing the Commissioner for information to free the children.
He said, “They said they didn’t pay any ransom to rescue the commissioner and the Zone C APC chairman; so we want them to use the same method to secure our children’s freedom”.
Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government, said the government had wanted to take military action, but the parents were reluctant.
Also, Monday Bala Kuryas, the new Niger state Commissioner of Police, said intelligence was ongoing to discover the location of the students.
The CP said this while speaking to journalists in the Mariga Local Government Area during a visit to tactical teams and special formations across the state.
He said, “The children will be released very soon. We are doing our best to locate where they are”.