One of the school children kidnapped by bandits from the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina, Niger State about a week ago has reportedly died in the custody of the abductors.
Reports have it that the lifeless body of the three-year-old child was discovered a few kilometers from Tegina town.
The father of one of the abducted students, Tanko Zegi, confirmed the death of the child but the cause of death remains unknown.
Naija News recalls close to 200 students of the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger State were kidnapped by bandits on May 30.
The kidnappers are holding out for ransom to be paid before the children are released.
The Niger State government also disclosed that it was exploring all available channels to ensure the safe return of all the children as soon as possible.
However, the death of the child might put a different complexion on the matter now.
The Niger Police Command and the State Government are yet to release a statement on the incident as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of popular Nigerian prophet, TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The President in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the late Prophet will be missed for his spiritual contributions and philanthropic impact on the lives of many people.