Arrests Made Following Kidnapping of Nigerian Schoolchildren

Nigeria police spokesperson Frank Mba has said that three arrests have been made in the kidnapping of over 121 learners at the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State on July 5, 2021. f being members of a gang that kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, in Kaduna State. 

Some of the learners were released in groups, with at least 20 still being held.

Similar incidents have occurred in neighbouring Zamfara, Niger and Katsina states, which has experienced a deteriorating security situation. In August 2021, bandits freed 93 learners abducted from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina, Niger State, after three months, following a ransom payment.

Kidnapping remains a major security challenge in Nigeria, with hundreds of learners taken since December 2020. Most have been released after ransom negotiations. Parents and family members of kidnapped schoolchildren have been at loggerheads with the government on ransom payments to free their loved ones. The government remains opposed, saying that it only makes the kidnappers more powerful.


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