Abductors of children from the Tanko Salihu Islamiyya school in Tegina, Niger State, have reduced the ransom demanded for their release to N150 million.
There are also reports that some of the 136 abducted pupils of Tanko Salihu Islamiyya School, Tegina in Rafi local government area, have fallen ill in captivity.
Bandits told school headmaster Alhassan Garba Abubakar about the children’s ill health, who informed reporters.
According to him, the bandits who had been demanding N200 million said they would accept N150 million as ransom for the release of the children.
The children were abducted on May 30, 2021, and have been in captivity for 16 days as of Tuesday, 15th June.
In an attempt to raise money for the ransom, some of the parents have visited churches and mosques.
Parents have prayed and hoped for further reductions in the ransom to make it more affordable.
The head teacher, who refused to disclose the amount raised so far, said it’s still far from the ransom demanded.
The amount raised so far is a far cry from what the bandits demand before they release the students.
“I am not part of the committee of the parents visiting churches and mosques to seek donations for the ransom money, so I cannot tell you how much has been raised,” he said.
The Niger State Government has stated it would not pay a ransom for the children’s release.
Parents were also assured that plans were underway to rescue the children.
According to Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Niger State Government will not pay a ransom to the bandits.
A response to the children’s ill health was provided by the SSG, who said that since the government would never pay the ransom, the bandits could use any kind of strategy to force the parents to pay.