Kaduna abductions: Parents devastated by students’ killing, 65 kidnapped in fresh attacks

Parents of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, have been left devastated after news filtered in on Friday that the kidnappers had killed three of the students.

In a related development, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union on Friday alleged that no fewer than 65 Adara villagers in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state were abducted by gunmen on Tuesday.

Greenfield University, which is privately owned, is located along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in Kasarami, Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Gunmen had reportedly kidnapped 23 students of the university on Tuesday night, killing a staff member during a shooting spree.

The bandits later made contact with the parents and demanded a ransom of N800m for the students’ release.

However, some parents of the abducted students have been left traumatised following the development on Friday, expressing panic over the fate of the remaining students.

The parents said the bandits were insisting on collecting N800m ransom before releasing the remaining students.

One of the parents, who spoke to Saturday Punch on condition of anonymity, said they met with the management of Greenfield University on Thursday and agreed on “collective bargaining.”

“We met on Thursday with the school authorities. We agreed on collective bargaining. We don’t know what went wrong. The bandits are still insisting on the N800m ransom that they earlier demanded,” the parent said.

Another parent who also spoke on condition of anonymity said the bandits insisted on collecting the full ransom, adding that the failure to pay it must have led to the killing of the three students.

“It’s unfortunate that the state is still insisting on not having anything to do with the negotiations even when lives are involved,” the parent said, adding that the bandits had vowed to kill the remaining students should the parents fail to pay the ransom or attempt to use force to free the students.

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