The bandits had last Saturday, released 28 students, after N100m was paid, insisting that the remaining 83 students will be released in batches.
A source who disclosed this to THISDAY in an interview on Friday said the parents have been destabilised and heartbroken about the latest development.
According to the source, “After the parents contributed N100 million for the release of their children, the bandits ended up releasing only 28 of them, promising that others will be released in batches.
President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Israel Akanji, had on Sunday, said the church did not pay any ransom for the release of the students.
“I cannot answer for those who probably must have been involved in certain ways,”
“Up till now there is no update, we are still waiting for them (bandits) to release the remaining students”, Jangado said in a telephone chat on Friday.
On July 5, 2021, the bandits invaded the school, in Damishi community, located along the Kaduna- Kachia road, about 6 kilometres away from Kaduna metropolis and abducted 121 students.
One of the students was later released by the bandits on health grounds.
A total of six others escaped at various times. One of the escaped students was said to have been re-abducted by another gang of bandits while on his way out of the forest.
His parents were said paid a ransom of N130,000 before he was released.
The 28 students released last Saturday, were reunited with their parents at the school premises on Sunday.
Many of those whose children were not among those released were not happy as they wept profusely.
Two mothers, including a pregnant woman, collapsed and had to be revived.
Jangado, while addressing parents during the event, said the bandits will release the remaining students in batches and appealed to them to remain calm.
“I have been talking to these people (bandits) and they told me they would be releasing the children in batches and they have released the first batch.
“I am trusting God that very soon again, others will come.
“So, please, I am begging you, calm down. This good work that the Lord has started”, Jangado had told the parents during the reunion.
Besides, the payment of ransom, the parents were said to have been supplying the bandits with food items for the feeding of the children.
The bandits had, earlier asked the parents to supply food items to feed the children after taking their victims immediately after their abducted.
They demanded for 30 bags of rice, 20 bags of beans,15 Jerricans of palm oil, 20 cartoons of maggi and 10 bags of salt which were supplied to them.
They were also said to have demanded for Tarpaulin to provide shelter for the students.
Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command could not be reached when contacted as his mobile telephone was switched off.
However, the Kaduna state government has promised to ensure that the remaining students will be released.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Makarfi had in a statement on Tuesday said “the government will do the needful to ensure the release of the remaining students still in captivity.”
He also said the state government will ensure that those students who have been freed, write the ongoing NECO examination.
The commissioner who noted that some of the students might have registered for the exam, said the state government was working with the authorities of NECO to enable them write the exams.
“There are students among them that might have registered for the ongoing NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate examination.
“The Ministry of Education and NECO Zonal Office, Kaduna, will ensure that they write their examination at the nearest centre to the students”, he said.