Three of the abducted students of the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, who escaped from their abductors but re-kidnapped by another group of bandits, have been released after payment of unspecified amount as ransom.
Confirming the development to our correspondent, chairman of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev John Joseph Hayab, described the situation as not only unfortunate but traumatic for for the students, their parents and the church.
The three male students were said to have been found by troops at the Kankumi forest general area in Chikun local government area where they were abandoned by the abductors.
Recall that about 121 of the students were kidnapped from their school on Monday, July 5, 2021. While the three boys were said to have escaped before a batch of 28 of the students were released, but unfortunately fell into the hands another group who re-kidnapped them and started demanding for ransom for their release which was eventually paid before they were released.
The students who are still in the hands of the troops who found them will be handed over to the school authorities any moment from now.
According to Rev. Hayab in a telephone conversation, “The children escaped from the camp of the bandits and fell into the hands of an evil person who kidnapped them again, the children escaped before the 28 were released but when they fell into the hands of these evil persons, they kept them and started asking for new money.
“The three that were kidnapped were not released by bandits, they escaped from the bandits three days before the 28 were released but sadly they fell into the hands of another evil Nigerian who kept them and we were begging and negotiating with him.
“They initially asked for N10million, then it was reduced to N5million and finally we came to an amount that we agreed.
“They were kidnapped and re-kidnapped by another group, so this children have suffered and that is why Nigerians must help us to see that the other 80 who are still with the bandits return immediately because it is not fair what the children are passing through,” he stated.