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Kidnappers of ABU students demand N270m ransom


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Kidnappers of some Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria have demanded N270 million as their ransom.

Recall that about 12 students of the university were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday en route Nigerian French Language institute, Lagos.

One of the students who escaped from the kidnappers, Dickson Oko, told Daily Trust that the kidnappers had reached out to the families of the kidnapped students, demanding N30 million ransom on each.

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Mr Oko, who sustained a gunshot wound during the attack, said he was recuperating but was devastated by the thought of his colleagues in captivity.

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He told the newspaper that despite the gunshot wound, he was among those that ran out of the bus, leaving his phone and other belongings.

He, however, said when he returned to the bus after the attack, his phones and those of others were no longer there.

Mr Oko and the bus driver, Nuruddeen Mohammed, told Daily Trust that 12 of them were in the bus but nine students were kidnapped.

Also, a female relative of one of the kidnapped students told the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service monitored in Kaduna that the kidnappers have reached out to the family demanding for N30 million per student.

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She pleaded with the kidnappers to have mercy and release the victims, saying they were only students.

Meanwhile, the university claimed that eight students were kidnapped but Mohammed, the driver, said he had 12 students in the bus – 10 females and two males.

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