We paid N.8m to someone Gumi introduced us to –Parent of kidnapped Kaduna student

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One of the parents of the students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, has said in an effort to secure the release of their children, she and other parents met with controversial Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, directed them to a man named Ahmed.

The parent, spoke in an interview with Roots TV, also said they paid N800,000 to Ahmed.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that on March 11, 2021, 39 students of the were by bandits in the state. of the 39 students, 10 had so far been released, remaining 29 of them.

On Tuesday, the parents protested at the Assembly, calling on the Federal Government to help them secure the release of their children.

Speaking with Roots TV, one of the parents narrated their encounter with Gumi, has been speaking for bandits of late.

The parent said, “We kept going for meetings. They took us to Gumi’s house who said we should meet one Ahmed. I’ve forgotten the name. A man was invited, we contributed almost N800,000 to him but he said the money was just for transportation. Then I started crying and pleaded with him that I am a widow, training my boy to become my helper in the future but he said that was his concern.”

She said the unidentified man was invited to an office in Kaduna to meet the parents.

“We kept begging him but he insisted that we must N500 million.”

Another parent also said, “The trauma is too much, I can hardly sleep. We are walking corpses. People see us as being alive but we are already . In the night, one cannot sleep, if you to sleep you be thinking about the condition of your child; if the child is , alive, eaten.

“They (kidnappers) were after the government paying that money– N500 million. Like me in particular, they kept calling me ‘, go and talk to the government to the money’. All I kept telling them was that I am a widow, I don’t have access to the government.

“Maybe if my were to be alive, he would know somebody who would help him to talk to the government. They kept calling me for almost two weeks and I told them the same thing.”

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Kaduna State has been a hotbed of kidnappers of late as the criminals target schools.

No fewer 23 students and a member of staff of Greenfield , Kaduna were also abducted from the on April 20, 2021. Few days later, five of the students were by the bandits.

Though the bandits have demanded N100m ransom, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has kicked against it, while also threatening to arrest any parent who pays ransom to the bandits.