Bandits Release 1 Kaduna Baptist Student After 150 Days

After over 150 days in captivity, bandits have freed one of the remaining four Bethel Baptist High school students in Kaduna. According to the President, Baptist Conference, who is also the proprietor of the school, Rev. Ishaya Jangado, the students numbering 121 were kidnapped by bandits in the early hours of July 5, on the school premises along the Kaduna-Kachia Highway, Damishi in the Chikun Local Government Area of the State.

Other students had been released in batches. The Vice-Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Northern states and Abuja, Rev. John Hayab, at a news briefing in Kaduna on Friday, said an additional N5 million was paid before the hoodlums could release the student. The released student, who happened to be the head boy of the school, was said to have been let go on health grounds.

Meanwhile, Hayab also said the abductors of the 66 worshippers of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, were demanding N99 million as ransom to release the 61 remaining people abductees in their custody after killing five of them. The worshippers, numbering 66 were kidnapped by bandits, who invaded the church on Sunday, October 31, during a church service. Two of the abductees were killed on the spot; two others were shot dead later while one was injured and hospitalised.

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