Report reaching on Thursday, indicates that the bandits that kidnapped the Students of Bethel Baptist High School, in Kaduna State, have rejected the food items offered to them from the School Management for feeding of the abducted Students, demanding for very specific food items.
It was learnt that 9 bags of rice, as well as other food items offered by the School, with the help of the parents of the kidnapped Students, were rejected by the bandits.
The bandits were said to have reached out to the School Management on the phone, and demanded for food items, with which they would take care of the Students in their custody.
According to a report, the Vice Principal of the School, Wakili Madugu, had said on a radio programme that he received a call at 7.30am, on Tuesday, shortly after the Students had been abducted, and was assured of their safety.
Madugu disclosed that the abductors had demanded food items with which they would feed the students.
The bandits, according to him, claimed that the authorities had blocked their access to food, and therefore, demanded that the School and the parents make food items available.
He said: “They said we should bring 10 bags of imported rice, 20 bags of local rice, 20 bags of beans and then 10 cartons of Maggi (seasoning) and then 10 kegs of oil as well as two bags of salt. These were the items they demanded.”
Madugu, however, said since the school was about closing for the term, it has exhausted all the food in it’s store and hence do not have enough as requested by the kidnappers.
“The school had no more food because we were preparing to close the school in less than four days. So, the food items were not up to what they (abductors) were demanding. So, we sought assistance from some of the parents and we did our best.
“As of today, we have nine bags of rice, one sack of beans, two cartons of Maggi (seasoning), two kegs of palm oil and a bag of salt. They told me to bring the items yesterday (Wednesday) and so I called them around 7pm and they asked me how far.
“I told them this is what we have on hand and they started insulting me, threatening me and they switched off the phone. That means what I have is not enough.”