Bandits: We Used ₦55Million Ransom Paid To Feed Abducted Students
The leader of the Armed bandits who kidnapped students from Greenfield University Kaduna state who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo has confirmed to VOA Hausa news reporters that the bandits have used ₦55Million in feeding the abducted students.
Idris Jalingo said in the interview that the parents of the abducted students had paid up to ₦55 Million out of the 100 Million demanded as ransom and that they used the said amount (₦55Million) to feed the abducted students.
The bandits, who abducted 22 students from Greenfield University in Kaduna State, have said they killed five of their victims to show the government’s failure.
The armed bandits had invaded the school on April 20 and abducted the students after killing a security guard.
They had earlier made a demand of ₦800 million but three days after their demands were not met, they killed three students and two others a few days later.
The bandits had vowed to keep killing the innocent students within an interval of days until their demands are met.
But in an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by our correspondent, a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said if the Kaduna State Government or the victims’ families fail to pay a ransom of ₦100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.
Jalingo, who said the families of the students have already paid ₦55 million to them, claimed that they had used the money to feed the students.
“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
“He also said he told his family that he will not pay ransom if any of them is kidnapped. So, we want to show that the Nigerian Government has failed that is why we killed the students,” he said.
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.
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.