Abductors of the 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have reached out to the management of the school, demanding food items such as rice, beans, seasonings and oil, etc.
The foodstuffs according to the bandits, would to be used to feed the abducted students in the forest.
The Proprietor of the school, who also doubles as the President of Kaduna Baptist Conference, Rev. Yahaya Adamu Jangado, said in a statement that the bandits reached out to the management of the school on the phone.
He said the bandits duly assured them of the safety of the lives of the children, adding that he was privileged to speak with a few of them who confirmed that they were all doing well and fine.
Jangado pointed out that 121 students were abducted by the bandits according to the students who counted themselves in the jungle.
He further explained that the total number of students recovered in the school on Monday was 28.
The bandits kidnapped the students on Monday, July 5, 2021.
“Today, by the grace of God, we had a call from the bandits and they assured us that our children are well and doing okay. In fact, we had the privilege of speaking with a few of them.
“They (students) counted themselves in the jungle and they gave us information that they are 121 and when we put the number together with what we have recovered, we discovered that the number is exactly the same with the number of students we have in the hostel,”he said.
He however appreciated security officials that intervened in the incident immediately they received a distress call that bandits had invaded the school and regretted that they lost two of their men in the process.
The Proprietor also commended the parents of the abducted students for their patience, understanding and cooperation, since the incident occurred.
He said, “l want to thank God because the parents are understanding. We are working together to see what we can do. For now, we do not know what the bandits will say. They may call for ransom and we may have to negotiate and we have also agreed with the parents to work together in prayers and look up to God in this matter.”