The bandits who kidnapped over 100 children from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School have demanded N110m as ransom.
Armed bandits stormed an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger State, on May 30 and abducted children attending Islamic lectures.
Later, 11 children who were too young to walk were released.
Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan, headmaster of the school, said Tuesday, June 1, that the abductors have now called to demand a ransom of N110m. The bandits threatened to kill the students if the ransom isn’t paid, he said, stating they made contact with the school on Monday, May 31.
Alhassan told reporters the bandits claimed to have 156 children.
Alhassan said the State Government has said it will not pay the ransom but instead negotiate with the bandits.
The Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso, has also stated that the government will not pay a ransom to free the children. According to him, the government believes negotiation will succeed as it did in the case of the Kagara boys.