Bandits who abducted unknown number of students from Greenfield University in Kaduna State, have said they killed five of their victims to show that the Nigerian government has failed.
The armed men invaded the school located along Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20, and kidnapped the student after killing a security guard.
They had demanded N800 million as ransom from the parents of the student, but killed three of the victims three days after their demands were not met.
The bandits also killed another two a few days later.
According to Daily Trust, Sani Idris Jalingo, a leader of the bandit group, in an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), said if the Kaduna State Government or the victims’ families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million, as well as provide them with 10 brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.
Jalingo, who said the families of the students have already paid N55 million to them, claimed that they had used the money to feed the students.
“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
“He also said he told his family that he will not pay ransom if any of them is kidnapped. So, we want to show that the Nigerian Government has failed that is why we killed the students,” he was quoted as saying.
Two of the abducted students who reportedly spoke during the interview also appealed to the government and their parents to take the threats seriously.
One of the students identified as a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the government to negotiate with their captors.
“They mean what they say because they have already killed some of us,” the student identified simply as Idris was quoted to have said.
Also, another student, Abigail Usman, pleaded with the government to send the money so that they can regain freedom.
She said the five students killed were taken in their presence to where they were murdered.
“If they don’t get the money, they will kill us all,” she pleaded.
But the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has ruled out negotiating or paying ransom to bandits.