Kidnappers of six female students and two staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, have demanded an increase in ransom.
Naija News reports that eight people comprising six female students and two teachers were on Thursday abducted by gunmen who attacked a private secondary school in Kaduna State.
This online platform gathered the gunmen, entered the school through a broken fence and headed for the female hostel, where six students were abducted.
The gunmen during the early morning raid, also kidnapped two teachers said to be residing inside the school compound.
Naija News reports that the kidnappers who had previously demanded a ransom of N50 million, now want N80 million.
An official of the school who is involved in the bargain for the victims’ freedom, told TheCable in an interview, that the kidnappers increased their demand after listening to reports of the abduction on radio.
The official said: “They (kidnappers) called individual parents and asked them to pay N10 million each. They said they don’t want collective bargain again, every parent should pay N10 million for the release of their children.
“They told us that they heard the story on BBC. They called me and they were insulting me. They said they don’t want a collective bargain again. They said every parent should pay N10 million.
“They insulted me because they thought I was negotiating for the ransom on behalf of government. I told them that when such incidents happen, newspapers and radio stations always report it for the world to know.
“The asked me whether I am a lawyer, I told them that I am a teacher. They asked whether I am the proprietor of the school. I told them that I am not the owner of the school. Then then asked me to remove my hands off the issue and face my business.
“They asked me whether I can recall some expatriates that where kidnapped sometimes ago. They said they were the ones who abducted them and that it was the government that paid the ransom.
“I pleaded them to have mercy on the parents of the children because they don’t have that kind of money.”