The principal of the Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger confirmed to newsmen on Monday that six of the 136 students kidnapped died of illness.
The abductors have demanded a ransom in order to release the students, who were kidnapped in May by a motorcycle gang that attacked the school in Tegina.
A series of boarding school raids in northern Nigeria has seen more than 1,000 students stolen by criminal gangs carrying out kidnappings for ransom.
Abubakar Garba Alhasan, the principal, said the kidnappers called with the news that the children had died of illness.
According to Abubakar Adam, the abductors demanded ransom from the school’s principal for his children, who are held by the gang.
Following a ransom paid by parents to kidnappers, 15 more students were released on Sunday from a school in northwest Nigeria. READ MORE
Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai publicly refuses to pay kidnappers after President Buhari called on state governments to stop paying kidnappers in February. Ransoms are often raised and paid by desperate parents and communities.