The 9 French college students of the French Department of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) have been launched by their kidnappers.
The Chief Security Officer of the establishment, Ashiru Zango, confirmed the information to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday Morning.
“Yes, they’ve been launched however I’m ready to get the total particulars from their HOD who’s in control of the negotiations,” he stated.
Mr Zango didn’t, nevertheless, state if any ransom was paid to safe their launch.
However, a newspaper, News Express, reported that the scholars have been launched Saturday evening after one million naira was paid as ransom for every of them.
The college students have been kidnapped whereas travelling to Lagos for an educational programme. Their abductors demanded N270 million as ransom, in response to Daily Trust newspapers.
According to the report, Dickson Oko, one of many college students who managed to flee when the incident occurred alongside Abuja-Kaduna expressway, stated the abductors demanded N30 million on every of them.
Mr Oko had managed to flee along with the driving force of the bus into the bush however sadly sustained gunshot accidents.
The driver, Nurudeen Mohammed, who narrated his ordeal to the newspaper, stated he was conveying the scholars to the French Village in Lagos for his or her Language immersion programme.
He stated they have been trapped on the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the freeway when the bandits blocked the 2 lanes and opened hearth on them.
While the ABU administration confirmed that eight of the scholars have been kidnapped, the driving force insisted that they have been 9 as a result of he was conveying 12 college students and three managed to flee along with him.
The Abuja-Kaduna freeway has been a mushy spot for kidnappers who’ve terrorized travellers for over three years.
Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger States have skilled frequent assaults from bandits in recent times, regardless of elevated safety measures within the space. Bandits are usually suspected within the assaults, however occasional skirmishes between warring villages have been reported.
PREMIUM TIMES lately reported how cops on a particular task have been kidnapped in Katsina State however later launched.
The officers have been on their method to Zamfara State from Borno to hold out a particular task earlier than they have been kidnapped.
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 ordered a ban on mining actions in Zamfara after Nigerians held a protest in Abuja to sentence his seeming helplessness amidst a dark safety state of affairs that had prevailed for a number of years.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had said that the federal government gave the directive as a result of it noticed a relationship between banditry and unlawful mining within the state.
In November 2017, the president reacted to an analogous outrage concerning the killings by ordering the creation of a brand new military battalion for Zamfara.
In order to additional safe the realm, a brigade was additionally moved from Sokoto State to Zamfara, whereas Sokoto obtained a brand new division.
But little appeared to have modified years on, although the navy have reported frequent assaults on bandits’ hideouts.