Niger Abductions: Bandits Demand ₦110m Ransom, Threaten To Kill Victims


Two days after bandits invaded Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school, in Rafi local government area of Niger State, school authorities say the abductors are demanding the sum of ₦110 million as a ransom for the safe release of the over 136 students and staff, who were kidnapped.

The Head Teacher of the school, Abubakar Alhassan who disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday, said the bandits threatened to kill the victims should the school or their parents fail to meet their demands by midnight of Tuesday this week.

The Head Teacher added that the bandits’ call came in about 4:00 pm on Monday, but contrary to their expectation, the bandits claimed they had a total of 156 people with them made up of pupils and staff.

Alhassan said the management of the school has contacted the state government on the latest development but that the government is insisting on not paying ransom to the bandits.

According to reports, parents and relations of the abductees have begun to raise money to take to the bandits.

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