Armed men who kidnapped some Nigerian French language students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, have demanded a cumulative sum of N270 million as their ransom.

One of the students among those in the bus who succeeded in escaping said the kidnappers had reached out to the families of the kidnapped students, demanding N30 million ransom on each.

The escaped victim, who sustained a gunshot wound during the attack, said he was recuperating but was devastated by the thought of his colleagues in captivity.

The bus driver narrated how he and three other students escaped the grip of the bandits in the Kaduna-Abuja highway kidnap incident.

The students, who were on their way to the French Village in Lagos for their language immersion programme, were trapped at the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the highway when gunmen blocked both lanes of the road and opened fire on motorists.

Meanwhile, the university has confirmed that eight people were kidnapped. But the driver said he had 12 students in the bus – 10 females and two males.