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N500,000 promo for Bethel Baptist School Students’ release deadlock

…Parents came back disappointed.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Parents and journalists, friends and families of the kidnapped Bethel Baptist High School students, who migrated to the school premises Monday evening to receive and witness the release of the students by bandits, came back disappointed.

The parents and other social workers rushed in to the school premises in large numbers, based on information that the bandits want to go on Sallah break and, therefore, asked parents to pay N500,000 each to release the student on promo.

Our correspondent, who was at the school premises as a star witness, reported that the Bethel Baptist Church President, Rev. Adamu Ishaya Jangalo, was also on ground at the school compound together with many parents and guardians of the kidnapped students.

One of the female parents, who were there with picture of her kidnapped daughter, told journalists that she has never had a night sleep since incident happened, when her only daughter was kidnapped.

A male parent, who confirmed the N500,000 promo allegation, however, told newsmen that some parents – mostly women – spent their whole time waiting in the school on daily basis to see their children but in vain.

The Rev. Jangalo also dismissed most information and some media reports about the bandits and students, describing it as unfounded, saying, they were always in touch with the activities with the bandits on their demands.

He explained that the issue of 30 bags of rice, motorcycles, amount of ransom demanded or paid so far or contributed by parents so far were all not exact.

The Church President, who came in a private bush, however, asked the parents to go back to their homes and come back the next day, without further explanation on the issue of promo.

Some parents, while in the place, were called and told that their children were coming through Tollgate on Abuja-Kaduna Road, but all of it proved to be lies, according to some swollen eyelids parents, who also spoke to newsmen. 

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