A parent of one of the kidnapped students of Greenfield University in Kaduna has revealed that they were negotiating with the abductors when their children were killed.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Tuesday, abducted unknown number of students from the private university in Kaduna State.
Bodies of the students, a male and two females, were found three days after the incident in Kwanan Bature village close to the university.
Two of the victims were identified as Abubakar Yusuf Sanga and Dorathy Tirnon Yohanna.
The Nation reports that a parent who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they did not expect their children to be killed by the abductors.
The parent was quoted as saying that the kidnappers demanded a collective ransom of N800 million to release all the abducted students.
“We are still in shock. We did not expect the bandits would resort to killing our children because they had contacted us since Wednesday and demanded ransom,” the parent was quoted as saying.
“They called us (the parents) directly and individually, but they demanded a collective ransom of N800 million.
“So, yesterday (Thursday) we (the parents) met on the school premises and we called them trying to negotiate the ransom, but they insisted on the N800 million.
“Yes, we pleaded with them (bandits) that the amount they were asking for was too much and beyond our power, but we never imagined or expected they were going to be so cruel and resort to killing our children,” the parents said.
Governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, described the killing as “sheer wickedness, inhumanity and an outright desecration of human lives by vile entities”.
He described bandits as representing “the worst of humankind and must be fought at all cost for the violent wickedness they represent.”