The abductors of the six female students and two members of staff of a private secondary school in Kaduna State have demanded N10m from each parent and family of the victims.
WuzupNigeria reports that the eight persons, including the vice-principal and matron, were kidnapped from Engravers College, Kakau Daji, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna last week Thursday.
The kidnappers had initially demanded N50m for their victims but they have now backtracked over media reports on the abductions which were said to have infuriated them.
They are now demanding N10 million from each of the parents of the abducted girls and families of the two staff members.
Two sets of the six girls are of the same parents.
An official of the school who was involved in the negotiations said the abductors are no longer interested in a collective bargain, Daily Trust reports.
“They called individual parents and asked them to pay N10 million each. They said they don’t want collective bargain again, every parent should pay N10 million for the release of their children,” the paper quoted the official as saying.
“They told us that they heard the story on the BBC. They called me and they were insulting me.
“They said they don’t want collective bargain again. They said every parent should pay N10 million and collect his child” the staff said in a telephone interview.
“They thought I was negotiating for the ransom on behalf of the government. I told them that when such incidents happen, newspapers and radio stations always report it for the world to know.
“They asked me whether I am a lawyer, I told them that I am a teacher. They asked whether I am the proprietor of the school. I told them that I am not the owner of the school. Then they asked me to remove my hands off the issue and face my business.
”They asked me whether I can recall some expatriates where kidnapped sometimes ago. They said they were the ones who abducted them and that it was the government that paid the ransom.
”I pleaded with them to have mercy on the parents of the children because they don’t have that kind of money.”
Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command could not be reached for comments, the paper said.