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Man delivering ransom for 136 kidnapped Nigerian students abducted

17:57, 25 July 2021
Man delivering ransom for 136 kidnapped Nigerian students abducted Photo: pixabay.com

The elderly man who was sent to the kidnappers to pay the ransom and release the kids was abducted with the sum taken away.


The parents of the kidnapped children, who managed to raise a sum of $73,000 dollars by selling their possessions, are left completely hopeless. 

According to the headmaster Abubakar Alhassan, six people were sent to the criminals with the agreed sum, however, upon arrival, armed gunmen demanded an elderly man from the group to follow them with the money to count it.

Later the kidnappers later contacted the school’s headmaster saying that the delivered sum was not enough and that they needed more.

Parents sold everything they could to collect the needed money, and now they remain unable to pay more, left with no money and without their children. 

"Parents are now resigned to fate. They say they can't raise any more money. They are now relying on God," Alhassan told the BBC.

Close to 1,000 students have been kidnapped in Nigeria since December last year with the government being heavily criticized for its inability to tackle the rise in criminal activity.

Earlier 136 students were kidnapped by several gunmen riding on motorcycles when they broke into an Islamic school, killing one person and injuring another.