The parents of the kidnapped students of Greenfield Kaduna University who were recently taken from their hostel by gunmen suspected of being bandits are currently in confusion as the fate of their children remains unknown amid the threat from them. kidnappers to execute victims after Tuesday’s deadline.
DAILY POST recalls that approximately 22 students were abducted from the university campus on April 20 when the assailants invaded the school premises and took the students to an unknown destination.
The gunmen within a week killed five of the victims as state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai vowed not to enter into negotiations with a bandit.
The governor, in a recent interview, said that even if his son was kidnapped by the bandits, he would rather make sure he makes Heaven rather than pay a ransom for his release.
Following the governor’s refusal to enter into negotiations, powerless parents have repeatedly staged protests in Kaduna, demanding federal and state government intervention to ensure students are rescued alive.
However, their efforts have been relatively unproductive as the students remain in captivity.
DAILY POST recalls that the leader of the kidnappers who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo on Monday gave the Nigerian government the deadline on Tuesday to make the ransom available or prepare a truck to transport the student’s bodies.
Jalingo, who spoke in an interview on the Voice of America’s Hausa Service (VOA), said the remaining 17 students would be killed if the government did not respond to their request.
According to him, the demand includes 100 million naira and 10 Honda-branded motorcycles which he called “Boko Haram”.
“You speak with the kidnappers of the Greenfield students. We have heard statements from the Governor of Kaduna State that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional weapons.
“If they fail to deliver N100million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you that they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students,” did he declare.
However, it was reported that one of the 17 students was released on Tuesday, leaving sixteen in captivity.
The student’s mother, Lauritta Attahiru, confirmed her son’s release to journalists on Tuesday.
It is not known whether the parents paid a ransom before the son was released by the kidnappers, with the mother refusing to give details of the release.
However, some of the parents said the student was released on Saturday after his mother, who is the wife of a retired Plateau State army officer, negotiated and paid a ransom to them. bandits in private before releasing his son on Saturday.
Recall that before his VOA interview, Jalingo had asked for 20 million naira during negotiations with the parents for each of their captives.
In the wake of the threat, however, the parents pleaded with the kidnappers to be patient as they work to deliver the N100 million and 10 motorcycles.
DAILY POST recalls that frustrated parents stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday where they expressed disappointment at the way the government is keeping silent on the issue.
They also demanded that lawmakers step in to speed up the release of their children before the deadline expires.
Some worried Nigerians, worried about the plight of the students, have become spiritual by soliciting prayers from Nigerians to ensure that the students are released alive.
Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode on her verified Twitter account said her heart was going with the abducted students.
“Please pray for the students of Greenfield University. Pray very hard for divine intervention. My heart goes out to the children and their parents in this dark hour. May God help us all, ”he tweeted.
Omega Fire Ministry founder and senior pastor Apostle Johnson Suleman accused the government of pampering the bandits before things got out of hand.
On his verified Twitter account, the famous gospel preacher said, “When they started to pamper ‘repentant bandits’ I cried out. Repentance belongs to God, not to man. Then they started paying bandits.
“Now it has become a lucrative business to unleash happy companions and enemies of our collective heritage.
“Pray for the students of #Greenfielduniversity. May the Lord preserve them. May the angels of the Lord reactivate (Acts 12) and set them free in the name of Jesus.
Nigerian actor and comedian Kunle Idowu, popularly known as Frank Donga, has criticized security agencies for their failure to save students.
“When I remember the students killed at #Greenfielduniversity and those still in danger, I can’t help but think that some people out there are getting salaries and allowances to secure citizens and there are so many insecurity, ”he tweeted.
DAILY POST reported that senator who represented central Kaduna at the 8th National Assembly Shehu Sani on Tuesday urged the government to immediately rescue stranded students.
“The kidnapping of students from Greenfield University following the kidnapping of students from the Federal Forestry Mechanization College is a reprehensible and dangerous dimension of the apparent paralysis of security in Kaduna State and the North West.
“The federal and state governments of Kaduna should not take lightly the threats of the bandits to harshly harm these helpless students when their deadline expires.
“The kidnappers hold the government and the elders of our country, get out, by all means, that’s what counts.
“The clock is ticking for the lives of students and the honor of the government.
“If we fail to provide for the needs of the new generation, we must not fail to protect them,” he said in a statement Tuesday.