- Six students and two teachers were abducted in a school in Kaduna state
- The kidnappers reportedly raised their ransom demands from N50 million to N80 million
- The state government has vowed to see to the rescue of the victims
The kidnappers of six students and two teachers of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, Chikun local government area of Kaduna state have reportedly increased their ransom demand to N80 million.
According to The Cable, the kidnappers had asked for N50 million but later said each victim would pay N10 million.
It was gathered that following news report of the kidnapping on radio, the abductors decided to raise the ransom.
An official of the school who is also involved in the bargain reportedly confirmed that the kidnappers called the parents of the victims to raise the ransom.
He said: “They (kidnappers) called individual parents and asked them to pay N10 million each. They said they don’t want collective bargain again, every parent should pay N10 million for the release of their children.
“They told us that they heard the story on the BBC. They called me and they were insulting me. They said they don’t want a collective bargain again. They said every parent should pay N10 million.
“They insulted me because they thought I was negotiating for the ransom on behalf of the government. I told them that when such incidents happen, newspapers and radio stations always report it for the world to know.
“They asked me whether I am a lawyer, I told them that I am a teacher. They asked whether I am the proprietor of the school. I told them that I am not the owner of the school. Then asked me to remove my hands off the issue and face my business.
“They asked me whether I can recall some expatriates were kidnapped sometimes ago. They said they were the ones who abducted them and that it was the government that paid the ransom. I pleaded with them to have mercy on the parents of the children because they don’t have that kind of money.”
Legit.ng had reported that gunmen stormed a private secondary school in Kaduna state and kidnapped six school girls and two teachers.
The criminals stormed Engravers College, a mixed-gender school in Sabo, Chikun local government area, at about 12:10 a.m on Thursday, October 3.
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