N250M Paid To Release 121 Kidnapped Students In Kaduna – CAN | READ MORE
It has been revealed that the sum of two hundred and fifty million naira (N250M), was paid as ransom for the release of 121 kidnapped students of the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Joseph Hayab during a courtesy visit to the state Governor, Uba Sani.
According to Hayab, Treasure Ayuba, the last of the kidnapped student who was released recently since the unfortunate incident of July 2021, escaped from his abductors.
Hayab refuted claims that Ayuba chose to stay with the bandits, adding that efforts were made to secure his release, including sending ransom to the kidnappers on two occasions.
“Today, we gather here with mixed feelings, relief, joy, and gratitude. We are here to welcome back Treasure Ayuba, the last of the students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, who [were] marched out while in their sleep in the school hostel and kidnapped on the night of July 5, 2021, by bandits,” Rev. Hayab stated.
Reacting, Governor Uba Sani assured Treasure Ayuba of the state government’s support and revealed that measures are being taken to enhance the safety of students in schools across the state.
Uba Sani said the establishment of security committees in schools, the deployment of the Kaduna Vigilance Service (KADVIS), and the securing of school premises by building fences are some of the steps to ensure the safety of students and improve the learning environment.
“We have taken steps to safeguard our schools and ensure that our schoolchildren have their education in a conducive atmosphere. We will set up security committees in all schools, ensure the deployment of KADVIS (Kaduna Vigilance Service) to all our schools, and secure our schools by building fences around the school, among other measures,” he said.