By CHINEDU ASADU, Related Press
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northern Nigeria have launched 10 extra college students after a ransom was paid, however 21 others stay in captivity regardless of a pledge to launch all of them, officers mentioned Sunday.
The Rev. John Hayab, the chairman of the native Christian affiliation, mentioned the abductors had collected cash three days in the past. The ten freed college students had been returned to their mother and father Saturday night time, he mentioned.
Assailants had stormed the Bethel Baptist Excessive Faculty on July 5, seizing a minimum of 120 of the scholars from their hostels. Numerous batches of the scholars have been launched since then and the final group was freed on Aug. 27.
“These bandits are torturing us emotionally, psychologically, bodily, financially. They’re placing us beneath severe stress,” he mentioned of the gunmen. “The second they launch a quantity (of scholars), it’s as a result of they need to ask for recent cash.”
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About 1,400 kids have been kidnapped from their faculties over the past 12 months and practically 200 of them have but to be launched. Sixteen kids have died within the assaults, UNICEF Nigeria Consultant Peter Hawkins instructed The Related Press.
As faculties are set to reopen throughout Nigeria, UNICEF has additionally mentioned a minimum of 1 million kids are afraid to return to their lecture rooms due to insecurity. That aggravates the schooling disaster within the West African nation the place greater than 10 million kids are already out of college.
Furthermore, a number of the freed captives have instructed the AP of how they proceed to face trauma weeks after their freedom. A few of them have additionally mentioned they will not return to high school. Victory Sani, 20, who was kidnapped from the Federal School of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna and later freed, mentioned the gunmen “requested us not to return to high school, that they are going to make certain they shut down all the faculties in Kaduna state.”
Related Press author John Shiklam contributed to this report from Kaduna.
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