Nigeria: Kidnappers release 28 of the abducted children in Kaduna

Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi.

So far 34 children kidnapped from the school on July 5 have either been released or have escaped from the custody of the gunmen. It is unclear when the other children will be released. The gunmen have reportedly demanded 500,000 Naira and equivalent of $1,200 for each student. Church officials returned those children to their parents at the school on Sunday. But the Reverend Israel Akanji, president of the

Baptist Convention, said more than 80 other children are still being held by the gunmen. Akanji said the church did not pay any ransoms because it is opposed to paying criminals, but he added the church was
unable to stop the children’s families from taking any actions they deem fit to secure
their release.

A spokesman for the Nigerian Police, Mohammed Jalige, said security forces and civilian defence forces were on a routine rescue patrol July 12 around the forests near the village of Tsohon Gaya when they
found three exhausted kidnapped victims roaming in the bush. Two other students escaped on July 20  when they were ordered to fetch firewood from a nearby forest.

Jalige said they were undergoing medical examinations. Gunman called bandits have carried out a spate of mass abductions from schools in northern Nigeria this year, mainly seeking ransoms.

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