Photos: Mixed Emotions As 28 Released Bethel Students Reunite With Parents In Kaduna
When 28 of the kidnapped 121 Kaduna Bethel Baptist School students were released on Sunday, it brought both joy and sorrow to the parents of the abductees.
117 students are still being held captive by the bandits as a result of this development.
As soon as word of their release reached the public, parents, relatives, and friends flocked to the school grounds in the hopes of locating their children, who had been held captive by the kidnappers for the preceding two weeks.
When the released children saw their parents, they ran up to them and hugged them tightly.
Parents whose children had not yet been released continued to look for them among the pupils, asking queries like “where is my son, where is my daughter?”
As they continued checking among the released students, tears kept running down their cheeks.
“Where is Joshua my kid, what happened to him?” cried one of the mothers whose son had not been released. He isn’t one of them. Oh, God, my supplications will never go unanswered.”
Mr. Jonathan Dauda, who couldn’t fight back tears since he couldn’t see his kidnapped daughter among them but trusted God that she would be released soon, stated, “God cannot lie.” “I am confident that my daughter will be released.”
Attempts to find out if a ransom was paid were met with a stone wall because no parent was willing to speak on the subject.
Mr. Luka Binyat, the Public Relations Officer of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), stated N50 million and motorcycles were paid and delivered before the kidnapping on February 28.
Mr. Luka wrote on his Facebook wall page on Sunday afternoon:
“The enemies of God and mankind a.k.a Bandits have reneged on their promise after collecting N50m and motorcycles to release the 121kidnaped Bethel Baptist School kids.
“They only released 28. God be praised all the same. I just hope that someone will not release a press statement saying, “Troops Rescue 28 Kidnapped Bethel School Children.”
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