Parents of the remaining 20 abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State have lamented that the abductors are demanding another N100 million to be paid as ransom for their children and wards.
This is despite paying the sum of N60 million as earlier demanded by the bandits.
The parents of the abducted children disclosed this after holding a prayer session in Kaduna on Friday.
Marcus Zarmai, Chairman of the abducted parents’ forum, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to urgently assist them in rescuing their children from the bandits.
According to Zarmai, the kidnappers are demanding the sum of N100 million even after the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom for the release of their children without any success.
He said the parents have exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, noting that the Federal Government needs to step in and assist them to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of their children.
Bandits stormed the private university located in Kasarami village, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Chikun Local Government Area of the state on 20 April and abducted an unspecified amount of students.
While negotiations were still ongoing between the families of the abductees and the bandits, three of the students were killed by their abductors. The bodies of the victims, identified as Sadiq Yusuf Sanga, Precious Nwakacha, and Dorathy Yohanna, were found on 23 April in Kwanan Bature Village, close to Greenfield University, according to the Kaduna State government.
The bodies of two more students were found on 26 April, bringing the total number of students killed to five.
The bandits claim that they have 15 female students, two male students and an employee in their custody and threatened to kill them all if the ransom is not paid.
They reportedly demanded N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles as ransom and issued a deadline of 4 May for the demand to be met.
The mother of the student, Lauritta Attahiru, confirmed the release of her son but refused to give details of how her son was released and whether a ransom was paid or not.