By Aminu Kauraly

According to a pastor involved in the negotiations for the release of the abducted children; Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of one million naira each to release around 80 children snatched from a boarding school in northern Nigeria last month.

Kidnappers released 28 children last month after a first batch of 28 was released two days after the raid. But another 81 remain in captivity.

three students escaped before the 28 were released last month but they were kidnapped again by an unidentified person in the forest who demanded a ransom and was paid over one million naira by parents.

“(Bandits) are asking for one million naira on each of the 80 students remaining with them,” Reverend Ite Joseph Hayab told Reuters by telephone.

Schools are now the targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in Nigeria. Such kidnappings in Nigeria were first carried out by Boko Haram, but the tactic has now been adopted by other criminal gangs.

Nigerian authorities have attributed the kidnappings to what they call armed bandits seeking ransom payments.