Monday, December 6, 2021

Bandits Demand Fresh N50 Million Ransom For Remaining 83 Bethel Baptist High School Students

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Abductors of students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, have asked for a fresh N50 million ransom for the remaining 83 students in their custody. According to reports from the Daily Post, about N100 million ransom is alleged to have been demanded by the bandits to be paid by the parents for the release of their children in batches from their captivity.

Bethel Baptist High School StudentsA source said that the affected parents contributed N100 million for the release of the children, but the bandits ended up releasing only 28 students, promising that others would be released in batches. He added that now they are demanding N50 million to release the remaining 83 students in their custody. The source explained that the parents are now helpless and devastated by the new development, having sold all they have to be able to raise the N100 million demanded by the bandits.

The proprietor of Bethel Baptist High school and President, Baptist Conference, Kaduna, Rev. Yahaya Adamu Jangado, denied the statement saying that he was not aware of the new demand. He added that there is no update from the bandits on the issue. According to him, “Up till now there is no update, we are still waiting for them to release the remaining students.”

Recall that the Nigerian Baptist Convention, through its President, Rev. Israel Akanji, explained that the Church did not pay ransom for the release of the students. He could not ascertain whether or not the parents of the students and other stakeholders paid the ransom for the release of their children.

He explained, “There are parents, well-wishers, and neighbours who are struggling for the children to be released, therefore we cannot really restrict people from their actions in getting the children out, but as a group, we do not believe in paying the ransom.”
Read also: Tears Flow As Freed 28 Students Of Bethel Baptist High School Reunite With Parents {Photos/Video}

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