Nigeria: We Paid 250 Million Naira Ransom to Bandits for 121 Kidnapped Baptist Students – CAN
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has said that they`ve to pay N250 million ransom to bandits before they released 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna who were kidnapped in July 2021.
Rev Joseph Hayab who led the parents and family of Treasure Ayuba, the last Bethel student who escaped from captivity about a week ago,on a courtesy visit to Governor Uba Sani , said there is need to clear the air on the erroneous information being circulated that it was the student that opted to remain with the bandits.
“There was nothing like that as the boy does not look like someone who would take such decision,” he said.
According to Hayab, the bandits took several measures for Treasure not to be released including twice snatching those that took ransom money to them.
“A total sum of N250 million was paid as ransom to rescue the 121 students. Today, we gather here with a mix of feelings – relief, joy, and gratitude. We are here to welcome back Treasure Ayuba, the last of the kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, matched out while in their sleep in the school hostel and kidnapped on the night of 5th July 2021 by bandits.
“To the knowledge of CAN, over Two Hundred and Fifty Million (250,000, 000) Naira was paid as ransom to get the 121 kidnapped children out from their captors, but for Treasure, his story became a heart-breaking one, further made worse by distorting the truth that the boy did not want to leave the den of the kidnappers.
“For the avoidance of doubts, CAN is aware of the firm efforts made by the boy`s family, relations, and well-wishers to get him back home. To make matters worse, the kidnapper repeatedly kidnapped those who sent ransom to take the treasure from his hands, making his stay a period of endless suffering until God intervened.
“So, on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, Treasure’s parents called to inform them that their boy had safely returned home after 28 months in the hands of his captors. ..” Treasure’s miraculous return is a moment of triumph not only for Treasure and his family. To my family, Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna, my Baptist family, Kaduna State, Nigeria and all humanity in general. “The abduction of school children and students from school premises is a threat to the security of our educational institutions and our small emergency, an atrocity against the people, the nation and the nation as a whole, an atrocity that must end. The harsh reality is that humanity in general. Today, we stand here to welcome Treasure back into the loving arms of his family, his church, people of goodwill, and the Kaduna government.