Following the release of over 90 kidnapped pupils of Salihu Islamic school, Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, the parents of the pupils have recalled the promise the late Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, also known as T.B Joshua, made to them for the payment of the ransom placed on the head of the kidnapped pupils.
According to the Head Teacher, Alhassan Garba Abubakar, TB Joshua offered to pay the N200 million ransom but it was unfortunate he died on the same day he made the inquiry about the bank details of the parents.
Abubakar said: “The Man of God intended to transfer the N200 million ransom and he prayed for us and for the release of the children”.
“Every day we woke up with pain. Some of us parents as a result of this issue became hypertensive. But we thank God that the ransoms kept our children alive until they were finally rescued.
Even though we sold our valuables, we are happy our children returned back home alive. We thank God for Prophet T.B Joshua for his role because when he told us that he will pay the N200 million ransom we were so happy but later heard that he died that same day we were to send our bank details.”
The Proprietor of Islamic School, Mallam Idris Umar also reacted to to the news of the release of the pupils.
He spoke with journalists in Minna and said : “Although, I see the death of my child as the will of God, I would have been more fulfilled if the child had died at home.
“This would have given me the opportunity to give him a befitting burial. I thank Allah that the others are alive and also other children that were kidnapped. Their continued stay with the bandits was a traumatic experience for all of us.
“But despite all that happened, today everyone is happy over the release of the entire children. We thank God that all our pains and sufferings are over.”