Crime and Security

Bandits want N110m ransom for 100 Tegina Islamiyya children release

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N110 million has been placed on the heads of the 100 Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School children kidnapped by armed bandits in Niger State.

The armed bandits stormed the Islamic school in Tegina, in Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State, and abducted children attending Islamic lectures on Sunday, May 30. 11 children who were too young and could not walk were later released.

Headmaster of the school, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan, said on Tuesday, June 1, that the abductors have now called to ask for N110m ransom. He also said that the bandits made contact with the school on Monday, May 31, and threatened to kill the students if the ransom is not paid.

He told newsmen that the bandits claimed to have 156 children in their custody but noted that the State Government has insisted that it would not pay the ransom but would engage in negotiation with the bandits.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, has also stated that the government will not pay ransom for the release of the children.  According to him, the government believes that negotiation will work like it did when Kagara boys were abducted.

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