[FILES] Parents of abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School sit outside the school banner to pray for the return of their children whom were abducted by gunmen in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria on July 14, 2021. – The girls are just two of the more than 100 Nigerian children snatched from Bethel Baptist High School nearly three weeks ago, herded by gunmen into the forests after a kidnapping raid on their dormitories.<br />The July 5 attack in Nigeria’s northwest Kaduna state was just the latest mass abduction at a school or college as kidnap gangs seeking quick ransoms zero in on soft target of young students.<br />Armed kidnappings for ransom along highways, and from homes and businesses now make almost daily newspaper headlines in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP)
Fifteen more abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, Kaduna State, have regained their freedom, after 48 days in captivity.
Rev. John Hayab, the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said this when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday.
“Fifteen more students were released on Saturday night and 65 students are still with the bandits, ” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that bandits in the early hours of July 5, invaded the school and kidnapped an unspecified number of students.
ASP Mohammed Jalige, spokesperson for the police command in the state also confirmed the release of the students.
Jalige, however, said that the police was not in the picture of whether ransome was paid by the parents before the students release or not.