Kaduna confirms release of kidnapped principal, students
Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The Nigeria police and the Kaduna state government have confirmed the safe release of six students and two staff members of a school in Kaduna state, who were kidnapped from their dormitories more than two weeks ago.
A group of armed men kidnapped the six students, their vice principal and the matron of Engravers College, a private school in a dawn raid on the boarding school on October 3, 2019.
Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwa, said at the weekend that the students and staff of the Engravers College, who were abducted, have regained their freedom.
Samuel Aruwa did not explain how the kidnapped students were released or whether any ransom was paid; although Governor Nasir El-Rufai told reporters soon after the abduction that the kidnappers made contacts, demanding ransom payment for their release.
Although the governor declined to give details of the amounts demanded, some parents of the hostages disclosed that the abductors asked for N50 million about ($140, 000) for the release of the girls.