In spite of repeated attempts to rescue him from captivity, one of the 121 pupils from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State who were abducted with their classmates on July 5, 2021, has allegedly refused to return to his family.
In an interview with Rev Joseph John Hayab, the state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who made the announcement, the student stated that he feels comfortable with the bandits who kidnapped him and does not want to be reunited with his family.
It has been reported that the bandits were throwing gifts on the youngster, who is believed to be the youngest of all the abducted students, each time they went out and returned from operations, causing him to refuse the option of freedom from the captors.
It was also alleged that the bandits had approached the student on multiple occasions and begged him to accompany them home, but he refused each time, claiming that his parents always beat him at home.
More than six months after their abduction, all but one of the abducted students have regained their freedom, with the exception of one who has now elected to remain with the bandits rather than return home to his family.