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Report Claims N334 Million Was Paid For Release Of Kankara Boys

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There are reports that a staggering amount was allegedly paid to secure the release of the Kankara Boys.

This contradicts claims by the Nigerian government that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the schoolboys.

Recall that some students were abducted by suspected bandits in a government-owned secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State.

However, an emerging report has claimed that money was paid to secure the release of the student, as the government feared that they might be killed.

A report by Wall Street Journal states that three of the schoolboys claimed that their abductors demanded 344 million Naira (one million per student) before they could be released.

One of the rescued boys identified as 16-year-old Yinusa Idris, reportedly told the publication that after the kidnappers received N30m, they insisted that their demand of N344m must be met.

Idris said: “They threatened to release only 30 of us when the N30m initial ransom was paid. They even took 30 of us away on motorcycles ready to release us.”

Another pupil, 17-year-old Imran Yakubu, told the newspaper that the kidnappers threatened that N1m must be paid for each student or else they would be killed.

According to him, they said: “One million Naira must be paid per each student…or we will recruit or kill you.”

Though none of the boys said they saw money changing hands. The paper stated that a person familiar with the negotiations said ransom was transferred in three tranches. However, government officials have denied paying money to secure the release of the students, claiming that the kidnappers released the schoolboys because the military had surrounded them.

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