Shehu Sani, a former senator, has urged the two major cattle owners association in the country, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, to intervene and help secure the release of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, made the appeal in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
The former lawmaker made the appeal just as the deadline issued by the bandits to the abductees’ families to pay the stipulated ransom expires on Tuesday.
According to Sani, he made a public appeal to the Miyetti Allah groups because prosperity will not be favourable to persons who failed to make a difference in the time of crisis.
I have privately appealed to the leaders of MACBAN & Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and I’m publicly appealing to them to humanly & privately intercede to secure the release of the abducted students.”The future will have no pity for those men….who took the path of indifference….”
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) May 4, 2021
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.