(Church in Chains) — The six students and two staff members kidnapped from a Christian-run school in Kaduna State on Oct. 3 were released on Saturday Oct. 26. Police did not say if a ransom was paid, but sources told Nigerian newspapers that a ransom of 13.6 million Naira (approximately €33,750) had been paid.
The teenage girls (four of them pictured), vice-principal and school matron had been kidnapped at gunpoint by suspected Muslim Fulani militant herdsmen. They were students and staff at Engravers’ College in Kakau Daji village, Chikun local government area, near Kaduna city.
Kaduna State Police Command claimed its officers rescued the schoolgirls and teachers following an intelligence report, although parents have disputed this.
Police public relations officer DSP Yakubu Sabo issued a press statement in which he said, “Today. being the 26th of October, at about 0800 hrs, teams of police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder Kaduna acted on intelligence and intercepted the kidnapped students and staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, Kaduna at Dutse in Chukun LGA. Consequently, all the eight victims of the kidnapping incident of Oct. 3 have been rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their respective families by the command.”