*No Ransom Demanded Yet-Proprietor
By Correspondent Reports
The abductors of students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have disclosed that they have 121 students of the school in their captivity. They made this known on Tuesday by the President, Kaduna Baptist Conference and proprietor of the college, Rev Yahaya Adamu Jangado.
According to Rev Jangado, the bandits made the disclosure via a telephone conversation during which they did not make any ransom demand.
Rev Jangado disclosed that the school had a total number of 154 students in its boarding facility prior to the attack. According to him, 28 were not taken away by the bandits who phoned to reveal that they have 121 students in their custody as testified to by the students who reportedly counted themselves. At least, the school’s management spoke with some of them as Rev Jangado said.
But by merely putting together the figures released by Rev Jangado, there appears to be a shortfall of five students. That is, if 121 in captivity is added to the 28 that were not taken away, one is left with 149. By subtracting 149 from 154, one is left with 5. At least, this is as far as Rev Jangado’s figures allows. However, this is how Rev Jangado computed the school’s arithmetic.
“For now, we know that we have 154 students in the school hostel and yesterday, Monday, after the exchange of fire between the soldiers and the bandits. We came to the school and recovered 28 students, some of them hit in many places. Some of them in the course of taking them away, they escaped and they came back to the school.
So the total number of students we recovered yesterday, Monday, were 28 and today, Tuesday, by the grace of God we had a call from the bandits and they assured us that our children are well and doing okay. In fact, we had the privilege of speaking with a few of them.”
They counted themselves in the jungle and they gave us information that they are 121 and when we put the number together with what we have recovered, we discovered that the number is exactly the same as the number of students we have in the hostel”.
Rev Jangado also gave an insight into what transpired on Monday while the attack was on. According to him, the school management on receiving news of the attack quickly notified security agents but that the latter responded late as the bandits were already on their way out of the school.
“They came and already the bandits were going away with a number of our students and there was an exchange of fire between the soldiers and the bandits and in the process, they lost two of the soldiers.”
Rev Jangado noted that the management of the school has notified both the parents of the abducted students and government of the state of every stage of events as they unfold hoping that all things being equal the saga will be over soon.
“We called the parents here to appreciate them for their patience, understanding and calmness and also solicit for their support in this trying moment. We assured them that as management we will do anything possible to bring back their children.”
I want to thank God because the parents are understanding. We are working together to see what we can do. For now, we do not know what the bandits will say. They may call for ransom and we may have to negotiate and we have also agreed with the parents to work together in prayers and look up to God in this matter. “
We have informed the Government about the matter and we had a meeting with them also and they promised us that they would do everything possible to go for a rescue mission and make sure the students are back,” he said.