Niger state government has ruled out paying any ransom for 42 students and staff abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.
It has also confirmed that a viral video of the abduction of the passengers of a Niger State Transport Authority bus on Sunday.
In the video, the gunmen are shown in jubilation after the attack and demanding N500 million in ransom.
Governor Abubakar Bello confirmed 27 students, three staff and 12 of their relatives were abducted in the invasion of the school on Wednesday morning.
“It is not in our policy as a government to pay ransom to bandits because we have noticed that they use this sand money to buy arms and ammunition. However,the government will be ready to support and assist repentant bandits,” he said.
The identity of one student shot dead in the attack has been revealed as Benjamin Doma.
He was killed while trying to escape, in the presence of other students at the school.
The government says 650 students are enrolled at the school.
In the aftermath of the attack, Niger state government has shut down schools in four local government areas indefinitely.
The local governments affected are Rafi, Mariga, Munya and Shiroro.