Abductors threaten to kill the remaining 17 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna if the N100 million ransom is not met.
The ransom is due to be settled on Tuesday, May 4 otherwise the students who are in captivity would be killed.
In a recent interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa on Monday, the leader of the gang, Sani Idris Jalingo also requested 10 Honda Brand motorcycles.
On the 20th of April, 2021, 22 students and matron of the female hostel were kidnapped from the university’s premises at Kasarami Chikun Local Government Area along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and have since been held captive by the abductors who demand a ransom of up to N800 million.
The 17 students in captivity comprise 15 females and two males. One of the males happens to be the grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
However, five out of the abductees were killed after their parents and the university management failed to meet up their demands.
Jalingo noted in the interview of VOA monitored by The Nation on Monday that the government’s failure led to the killing of the five students and later warned if they don’t receive 10 motorcycles and N100 million from the Kaduna Government or parents, the remaining students would be killed.
He also mentioned that the N55 million which was initially paid by parents was used to feed the abductees and reiterated that Tuesday is the deadline for the ransom to be paid.
According to Jalingo, “You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
“He (El-Rufai) also told his family that whoever goes to place where they are kidnapped he will not pay even N5 ransom to rescue them. That is to show that the Nigerian government has failed and does not love the citizens. That is why we killed the students (the initial five).”
When asked if he was a terrorist, Jalingo said; “I am not a terrorist but a food seeker.”
He stressed: “If they (government and parents) fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, I can assure you, In Shaa Allah (by God’s grace) they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”
In the VOA report, two of the students, a male and a female spoke, pleading with the government to pay the ransom, saying “these people (bandits) don’t make empty threat whatever they say, they carry it out.”
However, Nigerians on Twitter have trooped in numbers to demand the swift intervention of the government to see to the release of the remaining Greenfield University students as the abductors threatened to kill them today.
Lest we forget abducted Greenfield University students have death threat hanging on their heads
Every minute count
Speak up now!
Rescue Greenfield Students Now #Greenfielduniversity
— nafeeu (@nafeezi) May 4, 2021
When I remember the students killed at #Greenfielduniversity and those still in danger, I can’t help thinking that some people somewhere are collecting salaries and allowances for securing citizens and there’s this much insecurity
— Frank Donga™ (@frankdonga_) May 4, 2021
— Omé Ņ Ükò (@dictrace) May 4, 2021
17 kidnapped students of #Greenfielduniversity might face death TODAY. Their lives, dreams cut short simply cos we’ve a govt that does a lot of talking without any action.
I can’t take my mind off what those students might be passing through right now
May God protect them all😩
— ChudeeTheNerd Jay (@UtaziJay) May 4, 2021