The nine abducted Ekiti schoolchildren and their teachers have been released by their captors on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the children were released at about 2 a.m. on Sunday after spending six days in captivity.
It was however learnt that of the nine persons kidnapped, only eight came back alive, as the driver of the school bus, Taye Rasaki, was reportedly killed in captivity.
Video evidence of the children and their teachers after their release was made available to NAN by dependable sources in the community.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, also confirmed the release of the children and the death of the driver.
“All victims were rescued today in the early hours of today, Sunday, but unfortunately, we lost the driver who was suspected to have been killed by the abductors,” he added.
Mr Abutu did not, however, say whether the victims were rescued by the police and if the families paid ransom for their freedom as demanded by the kidnappers.
The spokesman said that the police would continue to hunt for the kidnappers.
“Though some arrests have been made in recent past, our operations shall continue as we want to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law”, he said.
NAN recalls that six pupils, two teachers and a driver of Apostolic Faith Church Primary and Secondary School, Emure were abducted in Eporo while being transported home after school hours.
The abductors had on Wednesday demanded N100 million ransom, but the amount was reportedly reduced to N15 million.
A source, however, said the families of the abducted victims were able to raise N7 million, which the abductors turned down.
It is not clear if the families eventually paid the N15 million ransom as demanded by the kidnappers.
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