The gunmen who abducted six female students and two staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, have reportedly demanded N50 million ransom.
The students and staff were abducted from the Engravers College, a mixed boarding school, in the early hours of Thursday.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday told newsmen that the abductors “have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated.”
The governor refused to disclose details of the demands or negotiations, saying the authorities were “trying to protect the victims and secure their release.”
A member of staff of the school said the captors called around 7pm on Thursday to make known their demand.
“Yesterday in the evening, a call came in and the caller said we should pay N50 million for the release of the students and the two staff that they kidnapped,” he said.
“But we pleaded with them that things are hard and we don’t have that kind of money. They also said things are also hard for them.
“We begged them to collect N100,000 but the man laugh and said N100,000 is nothing. He said that he as a person can even dash somebody N100,000. They called again on Friday morning… we are still negotiating.”
Meanwhile, the director of the school, Samuel Amamchukwu, said the school was closed temporarily for two weeks as academic activities could not continue while the six students and two staff were in captivity.