6 of 136 abducted Islamic students die in captivity


About six of the 136 students kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger State by bandits have reportedly died of illness while in captivity.

The development was disclosed on Tuesday by the principal of the school, Abubakar Garba Alhasan.

Bandits attacked the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, May 30, 2021, and kidnapped about 136 people, including three teachers.

The bandits and other criminal gangs have been carrying out series of raids on boarding schools in northern Nigeria, leading to the abduction of more than 1,000 students since December.

On their part, the parents of abducted students had accused the government of not doing enough to protect school children and help victims regain freedom.

The bandits had earlier demanded the sum of N110 million but later raised the ransom to N200 million.

The parents of the abducted children were said to have paid N30 million naira as ransom to the bandits who refused to release the children.

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