Parents of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Kaduna State, on Tuesday denied paying N17million ransom to bandits for the release of 10 students.
The parents in their reaction to a newspaper publication that claimed that the sum of N17 million was paid through an ex-bandit to secure the release of 10 students, said there is no truth in the statement.
“It is true that 10 out of 39 students abducted have been released, in two batches of five. Neither the claim that N17 million was paid to the bandit nor that we are linked with the ex-bandit to negotiate on our behalf is correct,” the parents stated.
The parents in a statement released through the Chairman and Secretary of the parents’ committee, Sam Kamabi and Friday Sanni respectively described the publication as “cheap blackmail and an attempt to distract the committee from its commitment to secure the release of their children, who have now spent 39 days in captivity.”
The committee called on newsmen to verify stories before sharing such content.
It also urged media to join their voices in calling on government at state and federal levels, to work extra hard to ensure the safe release of the children so as to reunited with their families.
Source: Naija News