Give us N350m or we won't release abducted Zamfara students - Bandits

College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura in Zamfara State

College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura in Zamfara State

Bandits have vowed not to release the 15 students and five others they kidnapped at the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura in Zamfara State unless a ransom of N350 million is paid.

Gunmen had stormed the school on Sunday and abducted 20 people, which included 15 students, four staff and a driver and took them into the forest.

Provost of the college, Habibu Mainasara told Channels Television on Tuesday that the gunmen had established contact and were demanding for N250 million ransom to free the students and others.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, had condemned the abduction of the students and others and vowed to secure their release.

The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Yusuf Gusau, on Monday, said he was seriously saddened with the resurgence of school abduction in the state by recalcitrant bandits.

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He was, however, thankful to God for the prompt response of the security agencies to the school to reinforce the already stationed security at the school which also led to the successful rescue of three out of the four abducted staff of the institution.

Matawalle directed the security operatives in the state to intensify efforts and rescue all the abductees, promising to do everything humanly possible to rescue them unhurt.

He stated that the government had continued to strengthen efforts of providing security to all schools across the state since the abduction of the schoolgirls in Jangebe.