Abductors of 22 Greenfield University students in Kaduna State have threatened to kill the remaining students after killing 5 of them.
Recalls that twenty-two students and a member of staff were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.
Speaking with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by Daily Trust, a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, threatened that if the Kaduna State Government or their 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 would be killed.
Jalingo said there were 17 students in their custody, comprising 15 female and two male students.
Two of the abducted students who 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,” said the student simply identified as Idris.
Similarly, Abigail Usman, another student, also 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.
The bandit revealed that the families of the students had already raised and paid N55 million to them but he added that 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 not but a food seeker.”
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.