Gunmen who kidnapped six female students and two staff members from their hostels at a remote school in Kaduna state have made a ransom demand, the governor has said.
Armed assailants gained entry to Engravers College, a mixed boarding school in a remote area just south of the city of Kaduna, early on Thursday and seized the victims.
“They have made a demand for money and that is being negotiated,” state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai told reporters in the capital Abuja.
The governor refused to disclose details of the demands or negotiations as the authorities were “trying to protect the victims and secure their release”.
AFP has also spoken to the mother of one of the students who was abducted.
“My daughter called me early Friday morning on a phone number I didn’t know,” she is quoted as saying.
“She was crying and sounded frightened.”