The head teacher of an Islamiyya school located in Tegina, in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Abubakar Alhassan, has accused government of abandoning the rescue efforts of the abducted pupils.
Alhassan, who broke down in tears while narrating his ordeal on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV, said two parents of the abducted children have died of heart attack in the past two days due to the unfortunate event.
The pupils were abducted on Sunday by gunmen believed to be bandits.
The head teacher also disclosed that said no government official has been to the school to sympathise with the parents and management of the school.
He said: “All eyes are on me as the head teacher. I have witnessed the funeral prayer of one of the parents, very close to the school. She died. She has one child in the school. She was not around when the incident happened. When she came back, they told her that this was what happened and within 10 to 30 minutes, she fainted and that is the end of her. She died, that was the day before yesterday (Wednesday).
“One day after the incident happened, another parent, a woman died because she had two children. She sent one to the town. When she heard about the abduction, she died from heart attack.
“Are we not Nigerians that the government cannot intervene in this issue?
“No sympathy at all. None of the government officials extends sympathy to us. Are we animals? No, we are Nigerians,” Alhassan added.
Alhassan further disclosed that the bandits called him last night and increased the ransom for the abducted pupils from N110m to N200m.