Bandits have released 28 of the abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna, after 20 days in captivity.
The news of their release was confirmed to TheCable on Sunday by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter; Joseph Hayab.
A total of 121 students were abducted from their school premises by bandits on July 5 but five of the students had regained freedom separately.
According to reports from TheCable had on July 12, it was reported that Abraham Aniya, one of the students, was rescued by security operatives alongside two other victims who were kidnapped by bandits some days ago along Kaduna-Kachia road.
“On July 12, at about 1540hrs, operatives of the command, alongside Civilian JTF on routine rescue patrol around the forest of Tsohon Gaya village, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, stumbled on three kidnapped victims roaming the bush, extremely exhausted and weak,” Mohammed Jalige, public relations officer of Kaduna police command, had said.
Two other students escaped on July 20 when they were tasked to go and fetch firewood from a nearby forest.
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Confirming the development to TheCable, Jalige had said the two students were sighted around the Rijanna area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
“Yes, two of the students were rescued this evening along Kaduna-Abuja highway and they are undergoing medical examination,” he told TheCable.
Israel Akanji, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), had earlier said no ransom will be paid for the release of the students.
The abduction of the Bethel Baptist students is the fourth mass abduction in Kaduna state over the past six months.
We implore the government to help rescue the remaining students from their captor’s den.