- Bandits who kidnapped the Greenfield University students have made a fresh demand of N100 million
- This is after collecting N60 million from the traumatised parents of the abducted students
- The parents are now appealing to the federal government to either pay the N100 million or find another way to rescue their children safely
The parents of the abducted students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna state have begged the federal government to help them rescue their children from the armed bandits.
The parents who met on Friday, May 14, for a prayer session in Kaduna revealed that they have paid N60 million ransom to the bandits, Channels TV reported.
However, the bandits have insisted that they must get an additional N100 million before releasing the remaining students in their custody.
Decrying the continued stay of their children in the custody of the bandits since their abduction from the school on Tuesday, April 20, the parents urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.
Having exhausted all the money they have to pay the initial N60 million, the parents appealed to the federal government to assist them to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of their children, The Nation also reported.
Legit.ng recalls that the bandits invaded the university premises less than four weeks ago and reportedly abducted 20 students and three members of staff.
Few days after the incident, the armed men killed five of the students and threatened to kill the others if their parents and government refuse to pay N800 million ransom.
While one of the students was later freed about two weeks ago after his parents reportedly paid a ransom for his release, the fate of the remaining students still hangs in the balance.
Earlier, two weeks after the mass abduction, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has shared an update concerning the release of those still in captivity.
The prominent Islamic cleric said the remaining kidnapped students would be freed soon.
While assuring that negotiations were ongoing with the bandits, the cleric confirmed that none of the students had been killed following their last threat.
Meanwhile, the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has revealed that the government was prepared to lose some students during a planned attack on bandits when the 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka were abducted.
According to him, the plan was to attack, kill the bandits even if it meant some students would die in the process and rescue the rest.
The governor who made the disclosure on Thursday, May 6, during a webinar hosted by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church said the military assured him they knew where the kidnappers were two days after the abduction.