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Niger pupils’ abduction: Bandits hike ransom to N200m

By Our Reporter

Citing delay in the payment of the N110 million initially demanded as ransom for the 156 pupils kidnapped from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, Niger State, their abductors have now raised the ransom by N90 million.

The bandits have also rejected the N11 million raised by the community as they insist on being paid N200 million before the pupils are released.

Already, two parents of the abductees have reportedly died of heart attack.

Another parent, Malam Ali Mohammed, said the gunmen threatened to kill the children if the ransom demanded was not paid.

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Mohammed, who is a tipper driver, has five children among the abductees.

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He said the parents are poor people and cannot afford to raise N200 million.

He asked the government to come to their rescue.

“We are poor people; we don’t have such money,” he told reporters on Thursday night of June 3, 2021.

He pleaded with the government to “come to our aid.”

The head teacher of the school, Abubakar Alhassan, confirmed that the gunmen had raised the ransom from N110 million to N200 million.

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