The Kaduna State government has said three students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna State who were abducted by bandits suspected to be kidnappers have been killed by their abductors.
Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the development in a statement on Friday.
The three deceased students were among the unspecified amount of persons that were abducted by bandits from the private university located in Kasarami village, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Chikun Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
According to Aruwan, the remains of three students were found on Friday in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university.
The commissioner said the corpses were evacuated to a mortuary by himself and the Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lieutenant Colonel M.H. Abdullahi.
He, however, did not disclose the name of the deceased students.
He noted that Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, condemned the killing of the three students as sheer wickedness, inhumanity and an outright desecration of human lives by vile entities.
Governor El-Rufai, on behalf of the Government and the people of Kaduna State, sent deep condolences to the families of the deceased students and the university community, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
He insisted that bandits represented the worst of humankind and must be fought at all cost for the violent wickedness they represent, adding that evil would not triumph over God-given humanity.
The abductors killed Paul Okafor, a member of staff of the school was killed in the attack.
They reportedly demanded the sum of N800 million as ransom and threatened to kill the students if it is not paid.