The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, revealed that a ransom of N250 million was paid to the bandits who kidnapped 121 students from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna in 2021.
This disclosure was made during a courtesy visit to Governor Uba Sani, where the parents and family of Treasure Ayuba, the last Bethel student who recently escaped from captivity, were present.
Hayab clarified that it was erroneous to suggest that Treasure had chosen to remain with the bandits, as he did not appear to be someone who would make such a decision. He emphasized that the bandits had taken measures to prevent Treasure’s release, even as far as snatching those who delivered ransom money to them.
N250m Ransom Paid for Release of Kidnapped Students, Says CAN Kaduna
In addition to the ransom payment, Hayab highlighted the distressing experiences faced by the boy and his family, including the fact that the kidnappers had previously abducted individuals sent with the ransom. He expressed relief and gratitude for Treasure’s safe return after being in captivity for 28 months.
Governor Uba Sani assured the state government’s support for Treasure, emphasizing the need for psychosocial treatment to address the trauma he may have experienced during his time with the bandits. The governor also outlined measures being taken to enhance the safety and security of students in schools across the state, including the establishment of security committees, the deployment of the Kaduna Vigilance Service (KADVIS), and the implementation of physical security measures such as building fences around schools.
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