The government of Governor Abubakar Bello said on Tuesday that it has apprehended some of the criminals involved for the kidnapping of kids from the Salihu Tanko Islamiyyan School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area, Niger state.
While speaking about the development on Tuesday, the state’s Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, said, “some of the bandits are in our custody.”
He further added that security personnel in the state are on the hunt for the remaining bandits in order to rescue the youngsters.
Ketso stated that the state government would not pay the ransom but pledged that the abducted youngsters would be freed in the same manner as the Kagara Science College students.
“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely.
“But first of all, we are trying to get in touch with the parents of those abducted because some of them came from other states to acquire the Islamic education. The government does not know their parents or where they came from.
“We are still taking the census of the children to know the exact number that was abducted. Nevertheless, the government will do everything possible to ensure their safe rescue,” he said.
Meanwhile, the bandit group responsible for the kidnapping of students from the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government, Niger State, has approached the school’s administration and demanded a ransom.
The bandits called the school’s headmaster, Abubakar Alhassan, around 4 p.m. on Monday, asking a ransom of N110 million.
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