We paid N500,000 each, yet our children were not released -Agony of parents of kidnapped Bethel Baptist College pupils
We paid N500,000 each,yet our children were not released -Agony of parents of kidnapped Bethel Baptist College pupils.
“Honestly, I haven’t been able to sleep in the last three weeks since this thing happened. I can’t even eat. Imagine the trauma the parents are passing through. It’s not funny at all.
In fact you need to see me. Most of the clothesI could no longer wear, it is now that I am able to put them on.” Asked if it was the kidnappers who asked the parents to contribute N500,000 each, McCarthy said.
How do parents deal with the emotion of raising and paying huge ransom money and yet not get their children back.
“I would not want to put my child’s life in jeopardy. These kidnappers are not human.” Colleagues, schoolmates, helped me raise ransom money one of the adapted parents, said.
According to her statement “Each parent was asked to pay N500,000 and they paid. But to their greatest dismay, only 28 of the 121 children were released.
Even after the parents, most of whom are average income earners, had struggled and contributed huge sums of money a particular parent said N500,000 each and pulled together a whopping N65million, which was allegedly delivered to the kidnappers, only 28 pupils were released, pushing parents of the majority yet-to-be-released pupils into further disillusion.
While some opted not to speak on the pretext that their children were still in captivity, others outright said they had been warned not to speak to the media by the Bethel Baptist College management. Not that anyone would blame them for their positions; the matter remains sensitive, and as one of them put it,
We gave them the money in bulk, why should our children be released in bits?” Speaking with the tone of a visibly distraught mother, McCarthy, who pleaded anonymity, said her child is one of those who are still being withheld and that it has not been easy coping with the situation.
Read their statement below…
“Any time it rained, what comes to our mind is ‘We don’t know what these children are passing through right now. We are in the house and at least have the luxury of using blankets, but what do these kids have to cover themselves from the cold out there in the bush?
Honestly, we’re calling on the president of this country to do something and come to the aid of these children fast, so that they can be released.
“We don’t know. The Baptist Conference communicated it to us. I think they were initially asking for N189million. We don’t know how much they arrived at, but we as parents, were asked to contribute N500,000 each. The pain for those of us whose children are still out there with the bandits is that we paid and only 28 were released. What happens to the rest? It will be one full month this weekend that the kids have been with them.