Bandits who abducted 22 students and a member of staff from Greenfield University, Kaduna State, have threatened to kill the remaining 17, if the Kaduna state government or relatives of the abductees refused to pay N100 million ransom and provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday (tomorrow).
EyewitnessMedia had reported that the 22 victims were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.
A leader of the criminals who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, in a recent interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), made the threat, revealing that there were 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, vowing 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.