Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Kaduna cleric, has said the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, are yet to be released because some Boko Haram members who infiltrated their ranks are delaying the release.
Gumi, who is known for advocating for dialogue with bandits, said this in an interview.
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 22 students and an employee.
According to Gumi, the unexpected collaboration between the bandits and Boko Haram members is a source of concern.
“The Greenfield abduction is unique because for the first time we saw a cooperation between some bandits and Boko Haram elements which confirm that Boko Haram are encroaching into the field, which is a bad situation,” Gumi said on Channels Television.
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.
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.