There is an atmosphere of jubilation in Kaduna State as the 28 abducted Baptist students regain freedom.
After 20 days in captivity, kidnappers freed 28 abducted pupils from Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi, Kaduna.
The release of 28 students was confirmed by Joseph Hayab, Kaduna state head of the Christian Association of Nigerians (CAN).
On July 5, a total of 121 students were kidnapped from their school hostels by armed bandits.
Over 90 students are still being kept captive by the bandits as a result of this development.
As soon as word of their release reached the public, parents, relatives, and friends flocked to the school grounds in the hopes of locating their children, who had been held captive by the kidnappers for the preceding two weeks.
When the released children saw their parents, they ran up to them and hugged them tightly.
Parents whose children had not yet been released continued to look for them among the pupils, asking queries such, “Where is my son, where is my daughter?” Are you aware of her/him? What happened to them?
Tears streamed down their cheeks as they continued to search among the liberated students.
“Where is Joshua my son, what happened to him?” cried one of the mothers whose son had not been released. He isn’t one of them. Oh, God, my supplications will never go unanswered.”
Mr. Jonathan Dauda, who couldn’t fight back tears since he couldn’t see his kidnapped daughter among them but trusted God that she would be released soon, stated, “God cannot lie.” “I am confident that my daughter will be released.”
Attempts to find out if a ransom was paid were met with a stone wall because no parent was willing to speak on the subject.
However, Mr. Luka Binyat, the Public Relations Officer of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), stated N50 million and motorbikes were paid for and delivered before the 28 kidnapped students were released.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Luka posted on his Facebook wall:
“The enemies of God and mankind, a.k.a. Bandits, have broken their commitment to free the 121 kidnapped Bethel Baptist School students after receiving N50 million and motorcycles.
“Only 28 were released. Regardless, God be thanked. I only hope no one issues a press release that reads, “Troops Rescue 28 Kidnapped Bethel School Children.”
While one of the students, Abraham Aniya, was rescued by security forces on July 12 together with two other victims kidnapped along the Kaduna-Kachia road, two other students fled on July 20 when they were asked to fetch firewood from a nearby forest.
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