From: Kafaru Umar – Kaduna
Another batch of ten of the remaining 31 abducted students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna have been released by bandits.
They had spent one month and two weeks in captivity.
The Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab confirmed their release this Saturday evening in Kaduna.
According to him, the students were released this evening and were reunited with their parents. Hayab said, with the release of the 10 students, 21 are still being held by the notorious bandits.
He said: The bandits have released 10 more of our students to us this evening, remaining 21. They were released this evening and parents were taking their children home.”
Hayab lamented that, “What the bandits are doing, is to torture us. “We are celebrating the return of 10 students, but we are having the challenge of those parents who have been waiting and every time their child are not among those released. “It is very painful, but we thank God that 10 students are back”, he said.
It will be recalled that, on July 5, this year bandits invaded the school located about six kilometers away from Kaduna metropolis and abducted 121 students. The students were being released by the bandits in batches.
It was not immediately known if ransom was paid before release of the students. But THE SUPREME learnt that about N20 million was paid before the release of the 10 students.