One of the abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State has been released, a report has revealed.
The mother of the student, Lauritta Attahiru, confirmed the release of her son to Channels Television on Tuesday.
Attahiru, however, refused to give details of how her son was released and whether a ransom was paid or not.
But some of the parents told the station that the student was released on Saturday after his mother, who is the wife of a retired Army officer from Plateau State negotiated and paid ransom to the bandits privately before they released her son on Saturday.
The police and Kaduna State government are, however, yet to confirm the development.
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 (today) for the demand to be met.
The parents however appealed to the government and Nigerians to come to their aid so that their children will be rescued alive from the hands of their abductors.
With the release of the student, the fate of the remaining 16 students still hangs in the balance.