Bandits who abducted students students of a Forestry college in Kaduna, North Central Nigeria in March have released the remaining 29 students they were holding captive, the head of the parents’ association said on Tuesday.
Gunmen took 39 students from the school in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and later released 10 of them. The newly released students were with police and en route back to Kaduna city, Abdullahi Usman, chairman of the parents’ association, said.
More than 700 people have been abducted from schools in northwest Nigeria since December in a rash of kidnappings for ransom in the volatile region.
Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has repeatedly said his state government will not negotiate with “bandits”, as the criminal gangs are known, or pay ransoms.
Usman said a ransom was paid for the students’ release, but refused to say who had paid or how much.
With agency report