An official says gunmen have launched 10 extra college students kidnapped earlier in July in north-central Nigeria
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 have been returned to their mother and father Saturday evening, he mentioned.
Assailants had stormed the Bethel Baptist Excessive College on July 5, seizing not less than 120 of the scholars from their hostels. Varied 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 critical strain,” he mentioned of the gunmen. “The second they launch a quantity (of scholars), it’s as a result of they wish to ask for recent cash.”
About 1,400 kids have been kidnapped from their faculties over the past 12 months and almost 200 of them have but to be launched. Sixteen kids have died within the assaults, UNICEF Nigeria Consultant Peter Hawkins advised The Related Press.
As faculties are set to reopen throughout Nigeria, UNICEF has additionally mentioned not less than 1 million kids are afraid to return to their school rooms due to insecurity. That aggravates the training disaster within the West African nation the place greater than 10 million kids are already out of faculty.
Furthermore, among the freed captives have advised 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 highschool. Victory Sani, 20, who was kidnapped from the Federal Faculty of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna and later freed, mentioned the gunmen “requested us not to return to highschool, that they’ll ensure that they shut down all the colleges in Kaduna state.”
Related Press author John Shiklam contributed to this report from Kaduna.