The kidnappers of students of the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina town in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have demanded the sum of N110 million from the management of the institution.
The kidnappers contacted the school headmaster, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan, around 4pm on Monday 31, 2021.
Alhassan said he was asked to pay N110m as ransom for the release of his students.
Speaking to journalists on the telephone on Tuesday, Alhassan said the bandits claimed to have 156 students with them.
According to him, the kidnappers threatened that if they did not pay the ransom by the end of Wednesday (yesterday), they would kill all the children.
Alhassan said the message had been passed to the state government, which said it would not pay any ransom.
It was reported that some people in the community had swung into action to “raise the money”.
The state government has said it has set the necessary machinery in motion to ensure the safe release of the schoolchildren.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, Mary Noel Berje, quoted the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, as also saying, “Government is on the pursuit of the bandits and efforts are being put in place to identify them.
“The number of the kidnapped schoolchildren is not fully ascertained. However, efforts by security agencies to secure their release have been intensified. We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely.”