The armed Fulani bandits who recently kidnapped some Students of Bethel Baptist High School, in Kaduna State, have reportedly reduced the ransom earlier demanded to N60 million, to secure the release of the remaining 120 Students in their captivity, Page 36 learnt.
It was gathered on Monday, that the bandits are now demanding N500,000 for each of the remaining Students, compared to the hundreds of millions of naira earlier demanded, giving yesterday, Monday, as the deadline for the payment of the ransom.
This was just as the bandits released one of the captives on the grounds of ill health.
According to one of the parents, who confided in The Punch, the Church and parents of the Students were already working to raise ransom.
The parent said that if the ransom was paid on Monday, the Students “will hopefully be released on Tuesday, going by the promise of their abductors”.
“The bandits demanded hundreds of millions of naira, but later scaled down their demands to N60 million, reducing it to N500,000 per Student.
“We (parents) have gathered some amounts, but the Church is trying to raise the remaining money to meet up with the demands of the bandits.”
Also, a brother to one of the kidnapped Students, Jesse Peter, said: “The bandits called us on Saturday, and said we should raise N500,000 for each of the 120 students remaining with them in the bush. They gave us till Sunday morning to pay the money, before shifting the ultimatum to Sunday evening. We have yet to pay, and the time they gave us has elapsed, and they have not communicated with us since then.
“The parents are still shocked about the whole thing. As for us, we do not have such money anywhere. We have resorted to prayers.”