Nine kidnapped ABU college students regain freedom
Nine kidnapped ABU college students regain freedom. The Management of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, stated 9 of its college students kidnapped alongside the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway final Sunday, by gunmen, have been let loose by their kidnappers.
ABU Director of Public Affairs, Auwal Umar, confirmed the discharge of the kidnapped college students to The PUNCH in a phone interview on Sunday.
Umar stated the 9 college students regained freedom from their captors on Saturday night time.
He, nevertheless, couldn’t affirm whether or not a ransom was paid earlier than the discharge of the scholars.
Umar stated, “All that I can say is that our college students that have been kidnapped some days in the past have been launched.”
On whether or not a ransom was paid earlier than their launch, Umar added, “We don’t need to go into that. Honestly, I don’t know however all that I can affirm to you is that they (college students) have been launched. They have been launched final night time (Saturday).”
Also, a brother to one of many college students, Julius Mutum, tweeted that his sister has been freed.
Mutum wrote, “Some of the #ABU9 together with my sister have simply regained their freedom. Strictly by household efforts. Thank you @TheAbusite for lending your voice when everybody together with govt and safety brokers didn’t care.”
It was reported that the scholars from the Department of French have been touring to Lagos for a programme on the Nigerian French Language Village in Badagry after they have been kidnapped alongside the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway per week in the past.
One of the scholars, Dickson Oko, who escaped with a gunshot wound stated the abductors had contacted households of the scholars demanding N30 million ransom on every pupil. The kidnappers, nevertheless, lowered their demand to N1 million for every pupil