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Regional News of Friday, 4 June 2021

Source: naijanews.com

Abductors of Niger schoolchildren threatens to kill pupils, raise ransom to N200m

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Bandits group responsible for the abduction of 156 Islamiyya students in Niger State have demanded N200 million ransom.

Recall that bandits on May 27 invaded Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school in Tegina town, Rafi LGA, and abducted several schoolchildren.

The bandits on Wednesday had demanded N110 million ransom for the kidnapped pupils.

However, the bandits have increased the ransom to N200 million to secure the release of the pupils.

The school headmaster, Abubakar Alhassan, and a parent of two of the abducted children made the revelation while speaking with Arise TV on Friday.

“They say I should not even talk about N110 million again but N200 million,” he said.

“I was begging them but they didn’t listen. They cut the phone and I haven’t heard from them.”

Another parent of three abducted children, Hadiya Hashim, lamented the terrible situation of the pupils.

She said the children were starved for three days and deprived of water.

“The situation these children are in, you can’t imagine. You know they don’t have houses in the bush. Initially, the scanty report we received, on Monday, said they kept the children under a big tree and they starved them for three days without giving them any water,” she said.

Another parent of one of the abducted children, Tanko Zagi, said they have felt little impact on the state government since the abduction.

“Since that day up till now, we have not seen anything from the state government. But the local government chairman has been up and doing so that these children can be rescued. But the state government, we don’t know. No official of the government has come to condole with us,” he said.

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