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Bandits threaten to kill 17 Greenfield Varsity Students in its custody

…Gives tougher condition.

…N55m allegedly paid them by Emir.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The notorious armed bandits that kidnapped Greenfield University students in Kaduna have threatened to kill the remaining 17, if Kaduna State Government or their families failed to comply with the demands.

Recalled that twenty-two of the students and three members the university staffs were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20. Five of them have so far been killed.

The bandits issued the threat in an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by our correspondent in Kaduna.

A leader of the bandit group, who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said, if the Kaduna State Government or their families failed to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by this Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.

Jalingo said there was 17 students in his custody, including 15 females and two males, among them a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.

The bandit revealed that the families of the students have already raised and paid N55 million to them, but claimed they had used the money to feed the students.

He vowed that it was his final warning and, should government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students will be killed.

“You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms,” he said.

Asked if he sees himself as a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said, “I’m nothing but a food seeker.”

Emphasising on his threat, the bandit said, “If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”

He warned security agencies not to waste their time planting trackers on the motorcycles, saying his members do not go to cities and, therefore, arresting them will be difficult. 

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