Bandits have released 28 out of the remaining students of Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna.
Joseph Hayab, Kaduna State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), confirmed the students’ release on Sunday.
Armed bandit had kidnapped 121 students of the school from their hostels on July 5, 2021.
One of the students, Abraham Aniya, was rescued by security operatives alongside two other victims who were kidnapped by bandits some days ago along Kaduna-Kachia road, according to Mohammed Jalige, spokesperson of the Kaduna police command.
“On July 12, at about 1540hrs, operatives of the command, alongside Civilian JTF on routine rescue patrol around the forest of Tsohon Gaya village, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, stumbled on three kidnapped victims roaming the bush, extremely exhausted and weak,” Jalige had said.
Two other students also escaped on July 20, when their captors asked them to go and fetch firewood from a nearby forest, and were rescued around the Rijanna area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
“Yes, two of the students were rescued this evening along Kaduna-Abuja highway and they are undergoing medical examination,” Jalige had also confirmed.
It is not clear if ransom was paid for the release of the 28 students, but Israel Akanji, President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), had earlier said no ransom will be paid for the release of the students.