- The bandits behind the abduction of some students and staff in Zamfara state have reached out to the school
- Alhaji Habibu Mainasara, the provost of the school, said the abductors want a ransom of N350 million
- At least 15 students and four staff members were on Sunday night, August 15, abducted at the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura
Bakura, Zamfara state - Abductors of students and staff of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura in Zamfara state have reportedly demanded N350 million ransom.
The provost said in a report also filed by The Nation that the money must be paid before they could release the victims.
School reveals number of students kidnapped from Zamfara college
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the provost of the college told the police on Monday, August 16, that the number of kidnapped students was 15.
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The provost said that four college staff members were also abducted.
The spokesperson of the Zamafara police command, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement said the bandits attacked the school around midnight on Monday, August 16, in large numbers.
Mike Dupe Balogun said:
"I now understand what is meant when they say the best way to tackle blackmailers and kidnappers is to refuse to pay. Payment of ransom increases rather than decrease kidnappings and banditry."
David IJ Lazarus said:
"Group by group. One group surrendering another kidnapping. Is there any end in sight?"
Abel Titiloye Omo-Oba said:
"When they are eventually caught, they simply #repent and are pardoned . Shame to our leaders."
Salaudeen Olamilekan Tesleem said:
"Kidnapping is fast becoming a bigger trade In Nigeria. This is bad"
Governor Matawalle speaks on fresh abduction
Meanwhile, Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, has promised to secure the release of the victims of the latest abduction by bandits in the state.
The governor made this known in a statement released by his spokesman, Yusuf Gusau, on Monday, August 16.
Governor Matawalle said he will do everything humanly possible to rescue the victims unhurt. He said the state government has continued to strengthen efforts to provide security to all schools across the state since the abduction of the schoolgirls in Jangebe.
Niger commissioner finally speaks after release
Speaking shortly after his release, Idris said he was kidnapped by bandits from Zamfara who were hired by his foes.
Idris said the kidnappers were told to kill him if he refuses to pay a ransom of N200 million.