Kidnappers have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students of a private university, Greenfield University in Kaduna State if ransom isn’t paid by Tuesday (Today).
The students were kidnapped from their school on April 20, with the state governor Nasir El-rufai insisting he won’t negotiate with the bandits to secure their release.
Sani Idris Jalingo who had identified himself as the leader of the bandits in a telephone conversation with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), said 17 of the students are still in their custody.
The terrorist said that the families of the students had already paid N55 million which he claims was used to feed the abductees.
He added that a ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles must be made available before the students would be set free.
“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms,” Jalingo said in the interview in Hausa.
Jalingo said the victims in their custody include 17 girls and two boys one of which is the grandson of the late Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris.
Two of the abducted students who spoke to the VOA during the interview appealed to the government and their parents to take pay the ransom.
“They mean what they say because they have already killed some of us,” says Idris, one of the kidnapped students.