Parents of abducted Greenfield University Kaduna students who were recently kidnapped from their hostel by gunmen accused of being robbers are reportedly in disbelief as the fate of their children remains uncertain, despite the abductors’ promise to execute the victims after the Tuesday deadline.
In a recent interview, the governor said that even if his son were abducted by pirates, he would rather see that he goes to heaven than pay a ransom for his freedom.
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Following the governor’s reluctance to participate in dialogue, the beleaguered parents have held numerous demonstrations in Kaduna, calling on the Federal and State governments to intervene to ensure the students’ survival.
However, their efforts were relatively unproductive as the students remain in captivity.
According to the newswire, the abductors’ commander, Sani Idris Jalingo, gave the Nigerian government until Tuesday to either release the ransom or prepare a truck to transport the student’s bodies.
Jalingo, speaking on Voice of America’s (VOA) Hausa Service, said the remaining 17 students would be killed if the government did not fulfill their demands.
According to him, the demand includes N100 million and ten Honda motorcycles labeled as “Boko Haram.”
“If they do not carry N100 million and ten brand-new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can guarantee you that they will use trucks to evacuate the remaining students’ bodies,” he added.
However, it was announced on Tuesday that one of the 17 students had been released, leaving sixteen in captivity.
Lauritta Attahiru, the student’s mum, announced her son’s release to reporters on Tuesday.
It was uncertain if the parents paid a ransom until the abductors released their son, as the mother refused to give details of the release.
However, some of the parents said the student was released on Saturday after his mother, who is the wife of a Retired Army officer from Plateau State negotiated and paid ransom to the bandits privately before they released her son on Saturday.
Recall that before his VOA interview, Jalingo had during negotiations with parents asked for N20 million for each of their captive.
Following the threat, the parents have, however, pleaded with the abductors to exercise patience while they work towards the provision of the N100 million and the 10 motorcycles.
They also demanded that the lawmakers intervene to expedite the release of their children before the deadline elapses.
Some concerned Nigerians worried about the fate of the students, went spiritual by soliciting prayers from Nigerians to ensure the students are released alive.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on his verified Twitter handle, said his heart goes with the abducted students.
“Please pray for the Greenfield University students. Pray very hard for divine intervention. My heart goes out to the children and their parents in this dark hour. May God help us all”, he tweeted.
The Founder and Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman blamed the government for pampering the bandits before the situation escalated.
On his verified Twitter handle, the renowned gospel preacher said, “When they started pampering “repentant bandits” I cried out. Repentance is unto God, not man. Then they started paying bandits.
“Now it has become a lucrative business for trigger happy fellows and enemies of our collective patrimony.
“Let’s pray for #Greenfielduniversity students. Let the Lord preserve them. Let the Angels of the Lord reactivate(Acts 12)and set them free in Jesus name.
A Nigerian actor and comedian, Kunle Idowu, popularly known as Frank Donga slammed the security agencies for their inability to rescue the students.
“When I remember the students killed at #Greenfielduniversity and those still in danger, I can’t help thinking that some people somewhere are collecting salaries and allowances for securing citizens and there’s this much insecurity”, he tweeted.
The Senator who represented the Kaduna Centre, during the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani on Tuesday urged the government to immediately rescue the stranded students.
“The abduction of Students of the Greenfield University that follows the kidnapping of the students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization is a condemnable and dangerous dimension to the apparent paralysis of security in Kaduna State and the North West.
“The Federal and Kaduna State Governments must not take lightly the threats by the bandits to callously harm these helpless students on the expiration of their dateline.
“Kidnappers are holding the Balls of the Government and the groins of our country, getting out of it, by all means, is what matters.
“The clock ticks for the lives of the students and the honour of the Government.