Greenfield University boils: Gunmen kill one, abduct 23, demand N800m
Charles Nwoke, Nigeria
April 22, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
Unknown gunmen believed to be bandits, on Wednesday, invaded a Kaduna-based university, Greenfield, killing one staff of the institution and kidnapped 23 students.
Residents said the kidnappers who abducted the students of the University, have contacted families of the victims, demanding N800 million ransom for their release.
According to Georgina Stephen, a cousin to one of the kidnapped students, negotiations were still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.
It was gathered that the bandits shot sporadically as they operated in the school premises.
After the operation, students numbering 23, including 14 girls, as well as a member of the university staff, were missing, Stephen said.
According to her, the hooligans have been beating the kidnapped victims and threatening to kill them if the ransom is not paid at the right time as they directed.
However, Kaduna State Government had confirmed the abduction of students of Greenfield University and the killing of an employee of the new institution of higher learning by hoodlums.
“Last night, the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs received distress calls of an attack by armed bandits on Greenfield University in Chikun Local Council.
“Troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) and other operatives swiftly moved to the location and the bandits retreated. After search-and-rescue operations, a staff member of the university, Paul Okafor, was confirmed to have been killed by the bandits, while a number of students were kidnapped,” Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, said yesterday.
He added that the security agencies are in the custody of the remaining students and handed them over to the institution’s management yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, security operatives have been deployed to search for the kidnappers.
Kaduna State Police Command has claimed that the bandits intended to kidnap every student on campus when they raided the campus on Tuesday night.
ASP Mohammad Jalige, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, revealed that the bandits went away with few students as security agencies engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
He said, “There was an attack about 20:15 hours on Tuesday. The gunmen invaded the university premises and abducted some students to an unknown destination.
“We have deployed both conventional and mobile policemen, as well as our men in Puff Adder 1 and 2 to the area. We are yet to ascertain the total number of students abducted. They intended to take away the whole students of the institution because the students there were not so many. But due to the quick response of security operatives, the bandits took to their heels with some students.”