After 40 Days, 9 Deaths and N180m Paid Ransom, 14 Greenfield University students Regain Freedom


On Saturday night, it was confirmed that all the students of Greenfield University that were still in captivity regained their freedom.

The abducted happened on the 18th of April, after gunmen raided the University campus and carted away with 23 students. They would later demand a ransom of N800m, after which they killed five of their victims while negotiations were underway.

On April 23, the bandits killed three of the students, five days after their abduction. Their remains were found in Kwanan Bature village, close to the university. On April 26, two more students were killed and security personnel recovered their corpses in the bush.

According to Mr. Bashir Mohammed, the Institution’s Registrar, all the released members are safe and are now with their loved ones.

However, part of the statement by Greenfield stated thus: “As you are aware that on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 armed bandits attacked Greenfield University and abducted 20 students and three non academic staff. Five out of the abducted students and a Male warden were grossly murdered by the bandits.”

“I am pleased to inform you that, today, being Saturday, May 29, 2021 that all the remaining students and non academic staff have been released by the bandits and they have already been reunited with their families.

Confirming the release, Malam Nasir El-Rufai assured the students that, “the bitterness of the last few weeks, now over, would set the backdrop for positive achievements in their lives, as he wished them well for the future.”

However, the parents of the students said they had to raise 180 million Naira before the kidnappers agreed to release their wards. They expressed disappointment in the Government, both Federal and State, for leaving them to their fate.
“N180 million, that’s what we paid; that’s what they collected. One hundred and eighty million, that is they collected from us – from the parents without the help of a government. None of the government officials that has come to our aid since the 20th of April that they took these children. No single one policeman that the government has released to go after them,” the male parent told a reporter, shortly after the 14 students were released.

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