Kankara Abduction: Huge Ransom Reportedly Paid To Secure Release Of Schoolboys

Days after suspected bandits released over 300 abducted schoolboys in a government-owned secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state, a report has emerged claiming that money was paid.

According to the Wall Street Journal, three of the schoolboys claimed that their abductors demanded 344 million naira (one million per student) before they could be released.

One of the rescued boys identified as 16-year-old Yinusa Idris, reportedly told the publication that after the kidnappers received N30m, they insisted that their demand of N344m must be met.

Idris said:

“They threatened to release only 30 of us when the N30m initial ransom was paid. They even took 30 of us away on motorcycles ready to release us.”

Another pupil, 17-year-old Imran Yakubu, told the newspaper that the kidnappers threatened that N1m must be paid for each student or else they would be killed.

According to him, they said:

“One million naira must be paid per each student…or we will recruit or kill you.”

Though none of the boys said they saw money changing hands. Wall Street Journal stated that a source familiar with the negotiations said ransom was transferred in three tranches.

However, government officials have denied paying money to secure the release of the students, claiming that the kidnappers released the schoolboys because the military had surrounded them.

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