The Federal Government has expressed concern about 299 baptist students who are still being held by bandits months after their abduction.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Wednesday, described the invasion of schools and kidnapping of students as serious matters, adding that the Federal Government was being cautious in its moves to rescue the students.
Nwajiuba stated this as newsmen learnt that parents of 80 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, Kaduna State, who were still in bandits’ den, contributed N300,000 each on Friday for the hoodlums.
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It was gathered that the bandits promised to release the students this week after collecting the money.
Recall that bandits on July 5 invaded the school and abducted more than 100 students.
On July 25, when 28 of the students were released, the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev Israel Akanji, said 87 of them were still in captivity.
Giving an update in an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria said 80 of the students were still being held by the bandits.