The abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna were on Sunday released after spending 20 days in captivity.

The release was confirmed by Joseph Hayab, Kaduna state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN).

Candidreporters.com earlier reported that a total of 121 students were abducted from their hostels by bandits on July 5.

However, Hayab could not immediately confirm the number of students that were released.

Reports also had it that on July 12, Abraham Aniya, one of the students, was rescued by security operatives alongside two other victims who were kidnapped by bandits some days ago along Kaduna-Kachia road.

“On July 12, at about 1540hrs, operatives of the command, alongside Civilian JTF on routine rescue patrol around the forest of Tsohon Gaya village, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, stumbled on three kidnapped victims roaming the bush, extremely exhausted and weak,” Mohammed Jalige, public relations officer of Kaduna police command, had said.

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Two other students escaped on July 20 when they were tasked to go and fetch firewood from a nearby forest.

Confirming the development to newsmen, Jalige had said the two students were sighted around the Rijanna area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

“Yes, two of the students were rescued this evening along Kaduna-Abuja highway and they are undergoing medical examination.”

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Israel Akanji, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), had earlier said no ransom will be paid for the release of the students.

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