“Niger government not fair to us” – Parents of abducted Tegina children cry out

Parents of the abducted children of Tegina Islamiyya school in Niger State, have raised the dust over the claim that State Commissioner of Information, Mohammed Sani Idris, was released without payment of ransom.

The parents, who claimed they had been barred from speaking to the media, said bandits could not have released the Commissioner without ransom and still keep their children in captivity despite them paying over N70 million demanded by the bandits.

The parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also pointed out the APC Zone-C chairman who was abducted a week ago couldn’t also have been released without ransom, saying the government is not being fair to them.

They lamented their children were still in captivity because they are not high-profile cases.

They alleged the government has decided to discriminate on who they pay ransom for and who they leave behind with the bandits.

The Head Teacher of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school, Tegina, Alhassan Garba Abubakar, said since the Commissioner said his release was a miracle, the same miracle formula should be applied in releasing the Tegina Islamiyya abducted children.

He appealed to the State government to have mercy on the parents of the abducted children, who have been with the abductors for 76 days, saying everyone is concerned about the state of health of the children.

“The recent release of the APC chairman and the Commissioner shows that government has not been fair to us”, they insisted.

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