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Nigeria: After 88 Days, Kidnapped Tegina Islamiya Pupils Regain Freedom

  Pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina town, Raffi Local Area of Niger state have regained their freedom after spending more than 80 days in captivity. Hundreds of

 

Pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina town, Raffi Local Area of Niger state have regained their freedom after spending more than 80 days in captivity.

Hundreds of pupils and students were kidnapped from the school on May 30, when armed bandits attacked the community.

The head teacher of the school Abubakar Alhassan confirmed to ARISE News that the students are on their way to Minna.

The development comes days after six of the children were said to have died in captivity.

He was also informed by the bandits of the death of the children.

Alhassan said the bandits disclosed that the children died after falling ill, adding that the kidnappers insisted that ransom be paid for the release of the children still in captivity.

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Weeks before the death of the children was confirmed, the bandits had reportedly raised the ransom demanded from N110 million to N200 million.

The state government has always maintained that no ransom would be paid.

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