One of the parents of
the abducted pupils of Salihu Tanko
Islamiyya School, Tegina, Niger State have reported to have died after the abduction of her daughter by unknown gunmen.
It was said that the deceased who was said to be hypertensives slumped and died of heart failure on hearing the news that her daughter was among the victims.
It was learnt that the other parents of abductees have also
commenced special prayers
and fasting on Wednesday
after the burial of one of
the mothers of the abducted
children who slumped and
died due to the incident.
It was also gathered that the parents of the abducted
pupils have raised N11million for
the release of their children.
One of the parents.
According to a source who speaks on the condition of anonymity for security reasons said as government insisted it will not pay ransom, they were able to raise N11 million through contributions and donations.
Another parent confirmed the contributions but said the bandits have insisted that they could
only release their children if N110 million is paid.
They said the bandits are threatening to kill their children or come for the parents if the money is not paid as soon as possible.
However, the deputy governor of Niger State Ahmed Mohammed Ketso told journalists on Wednesday
that the state government was negotiating with the bandits for the safe release of the pupils soon, but
insisted that government will not pay ransom.
He was hopeful that the bandits will release the pupils very soon, saying that the government has provided
the security personnel with the necessary logistics to fight insecurity of any form.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the parents of the abducted pupils have
commenced special prayers and fasting on Wednesday after the burial of one of the mothers of the abducted children.