Various media including France 24, Voice of America, and Aljazeera have reported that 28 students had regained their freedom on Saturday, July 24.
Making reference to one of the senior officials at Bethel Baptist High School, AFP has reported, “28 students had been released and were reunited with their parents.”
“The bandits released them yesterday (Saturday) and we were able to send out church buses to go to where the captors dropped them to pick them up,” Joseph Hayab told AFP.
On Monday, July 26, Premium Times Nigeria reported the release of four more students.
Meanwhile, in a July 26 report, Reuters cited officials of Kaduna State saying all schooling in the Northern Nigerian State had been suspended “due to insecurity.”
"We have asked students to stay away for three weeks, after which in the third week we will review the situation and get across to the public and the students," Kaduna state's commissioner of education, Mohammed Makarfi, has been quoted as telling Reuters by phone.
In their July 25 statement, YOWICAN officials decry “the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, yet commends the efforts of government and security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of bandits, killer herdsmen, insurgents etc.”
“YOWICAN in the performance of Christian tenets and faith believes strongly in peaceful coexistence, but this piety should not be construed as cowardice, therefore kidnappers, bandits, killer herdsmen, terrorists and unknown gunmen should not push Christian youths to the extreme, such as to make them consider deploying self-defense strategies as the last option,” they add.
Despite the efforts so far made in combating crime, YOWICAN leadership call for “urgent measures to curb the rising wave of attacks, killings, destruction of lives, properties, farmlands and livelihood of innocent citizens within the Northern states, specifically within Christian communities in Southern Kaduna.”
The youth leaders also advocate for a Christian to be voted President in the next presidential elections saying, “The emergence of a Christian as President come 2023 will be a true expression of equity and justice for Nigeria.”