Parents of 14 abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state who regained their freedom on Saturday, May 29, said they paid N180 million to bandits and also gave 10 motorcycles as a ransom for the release of their children.
The students were abducted from their hostels on April 20. Sadly, the bandits killed 5 of the students on two different occasions.
Bandits invaded the university, killing an official before kidnapping 19 students and three female workers of the institution.
Few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits for failure of the parents to raise the N800m ransom demanded by the bandits.
On Saturday, the bandits after receiving the ransom, released the 14 students to their parents few kilomtres away from the school along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
The spokesperson for Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the release of the remaining students and workers after 39 days in captivity.
Although the police have been silent on whether or not a ransom was paid, it was learnt that parents paid some unspecified amount to the bandits who earlier demanded N800m ransom.
The bandits, however, reduced the ransom to N100m and 10 motorcycles and later asked the parents to pay N10m for each victim.
It was gathered that parents paid the ransom and provided the motorcycles to the bandits before the students regained their freedom.
Kaduna state and Federal government have maintained its stance never to negotiate with bandits or pay ransom.
Meanwhile, the aggrieved parents blamed both the federal and state governments as well as Nigeria Police Force for the alleged non-challant attitude to secure the victims’ release.
They said they had to sell their assets to secure the release of their children from the bandits, who had earlier vowed to kill them if their demands were not met.
One of the parents who spoke to TVC said they contributed N180 million which they gave the bandits as ransom for the release of their wards
The parent who did not give his name said;
N180m; that is what they collected from us parents, without the help of the government. None of the government officials came to our aid. Since the 20th of April they took these children, the government did not release a single policeman to go after them despite the dead bodies that have been brought. We say we have a government, I’m sorry we don’t have any government. We only have those that are selfish for themselves and not for the masses.
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BREAKING: Parents of abducted Greenfield Students say they paid N180million to secure the release of their children pic.twitter.com/Cg0CQEQeW5
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Abducted Greenfield University Students Reunited With Their Families pic.twitter.com/rDbLgLWzFY
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