- Families of nine ABU Zaria students kidnapped have been lifting the lids on petrifying encounters with the abductors
- Members who spoke to press claimed they paid N500,000 to secure each of the nine students abducted on Sunday, November 15
- Another person who spoke claimed security operatives were wishing them good luck as they headed into the forest to pay the ransom
Saturday, November 21, was tearfully memorable as nine students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria who were abducted finally regained freedom from the den of their terror-personified and arms-welding kidnappers.
The students, Legit.ng gathers, were part of a travelling group of 12 who took an 18-seater bus to convey them to the French Village in Lagos for their French immersion programme.
Their kidnappers intercepted their bus between Akilubu and Gidan Busa Road along the Abuja-Kaduna highway and opened fire as the bus driver and some students managed to get away.
A female student with a kid was, however, spared as the kidnappers demanded N270 million, asking each parent to provide N30 million for the students’ freedom.
Families of the students have now opened up on how they negotiated with abductors who settled for unequal amounts from various families.
According to Daily Trust, relatives who spoke on the unfortunate incident said N500,000 was paid for the freedom of each of the students.
Some relatives also claimed they paid N700,000, some paid N800,000 and another paid N1 million to get the students out of the forest.
The abduction was said to happen close NYSC camp in Abuja. One of the families said security operatives were wishing them luck as they headed into the forest to secure the release of the students.
“We were asked to form a queue and one by one, we were attended to. If your money is complete, you will be asked to provide the name of the person you were paying for and the person will be called out then you will stand aside and the next person on the queue will be attended to.”
Meanwhile, Philip Shekwor, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, was kidnapped.
Shekwor was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday night, November 21, at his residence along Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia. The kidnappers were yet to establish contact with members of the APC chieftain.
However, the safe release of the APC leader was abortive as he was later found dead.
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