Fresh demands have come from bandits who abducted over 100 children schooling at Salihu Tanko Islamiyya.
A sum of N110m has been requested by the bandits in order to secure the release of the abducted school children.
Recall that heavily armed bandits attacked the Islamic School in Tegina, in Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State on Sunday, May 30 and whisked away children who were having Islamic studies.
Later, the bandits released 11 children who were too young and could not work effortlessly.
Sharing an update to the current situation, the school headmaster, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan said on Tuesday, June 1, that the abductors have now ordered the payment of N110m ransom. According to him, the bandits contacted the school on Monday, May 31 and warned that if their demands are not met, the students would be killed.
He added that 156 children were currently in their custody as the bandits claimed. Alhassan stated that the Niger State Government has reiterated that it would not pay ransom to secure the release of the abductees but would negotiate with them.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso, has also stated that the government will not pay ransom for the release of the children. He added that the administration believes negotiation will work the same way as Kagara’s kidnappings did.
It is no news and so sad that day in day out the country continues to experience various forms of attack on different places prone to bandit attack and kidnapping.