Gunmen Demand 1 Billion Naira Ransom for Kidnapped Nigerian School Children

Gunmen Demand 1 Billion Naira Ransom for Kidnapped Nigerian School Children

Gunmen who abducted 287 school children in Kuriga village, Kaduna state, Nigeria, last Thursday have demanded a ransom of 1 billion naira ($621,848) for their release. A member of the local community, Aminu Jibril, revealed that the kidnappers contacted him on Tuesday, threatening to kill all the students if their demands are not met within three weeks or 20 days from the date of the abduction. The gunmen claimed that the kidnapping was a retaliatory act against the government and security agencies for the killing of their gang members.

The incident occurred on March 7 when armed bandits on motorcycles stormed the LEA Primary and Secondary School in Kuriga village. While some students were rescued, 287 remain in captivity, with approximately 100 from the primary school and the rest from the secondary school. Tragically, a member of the community who confronted the abductors during the attack lost their life.

Kaduna state, which shares a border with the Nigerian capital Abuja, has been grappling with recurring incidents of kidnappings for ransom by bandits. The region has witnessed several mass abductions in recent years, including in the district where the LEA Primary and Secondary School is located. In 2021, armed men kidnapped at least 140 students from a private secondary school, and earlier, around 20 students from a private university in Kasarami village were abducted, resulting in the death of five students when the ransom deadline was not met.

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Author: CrimeDoor

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  1. It is truly distressing to hear about such incidents. In situations like these, it is important to stay informed and support organizations working towards the safety and well-being of children. One such organization is UNICEF Nigeria, which focuses on protecting children’s rights and providing them with access to education and healthcare. They also work to prevent and respond to child abductions and violence. You can find more information about their work and ways to support them on their official website: https://www.unicef

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