“We paid N180m and bought bikes for kidnappers” – Parents of kidnapped Greenfield University Students

Greenfield University Students: Parents of the remaining kidnapped students and workers of the Greenfield University, Kaduna State, have revealed that they paid a ransom and bought bikes for the kidnappers of their children.

According to a report by The Punch, the bandits collected N180m ransom and eight new motorcycles.

The 13 students and three staff members of the privately-owned university were released by the bandits on Saturday afternoon some few kilometers away from the school along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

They were abducted on April 20, 2021.

Bandits had invaded the university, killing an official before kidnapping 19 students and three female workers of the institution.

A few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits for the failure of the parents to raise the N800m ransom demanded by the bandits.

The spokesperson for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the release of the remaining students and workers after 39 days in captivity.

When asked about his health status, the police spokesman said once debriefed, “we will get back to you.”

Although the police were silent on whether or not a ransom was paid, it was learned that parents paid some unspecified amount to the bandits who earlier demanded N800m ransom.

The bandits, however, reduced the ransom to N100m and 10 motorcycles and later asked the parents to pay N10m for each victim.

It was however gathered from a reliable source that the parents paid the ransom and provided eight brand new motorcycles to the bandits before the students regained their freedom.

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