Bandits who abducted 121 students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Rido, Kaduna State, have informed the parents of the captives that they have run out of food to feed them.
They subsequently asked the parents to supply them with foodstuffs such as rice and vegetable oil before they commence negotiations.
A top official of the school disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday.
According to the official, the bandits called the school authorities and the parents of the abductees on Wednesday to make the demands, warning that the students would be left to starve if food items are now sent to them.
The official stated that the bandits, contrary to expectation, did not make any demand for financial payment.
“They have yet to ask for any ransom, but they reiterated their demand for rice, beans, oil and other foodstuffs. They insisted that the foodstuffs must be supplied before any negotiation would start. They also said they had run out of food to feed the 121 students and that the abductees would not be fed if the items were not provided,” the official told the Punch.
Rev. Ishaya Jangado, the Proprietor of the school and President of the Kaduna State Baptist Conference, had on Tuesday that the bandits had contacted the school management and confirmed that they were holding 121 students.