A private university, Greenfield University, has been attacked by suspected bandits in Kaduna State. The attackers also kidnapped many students.
According to Channels Television, the bandits attacked the institution in the early hours of Wednesday.
The university is located along the Kaduna–Abuja Highway, some few Kilometers to the Olam feed factory which is about 30km from Kaduna town.
Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
A former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has condemned the attack in an interview. He said:
“The fresh report that bandits have attacked and kidnapped many students at the Greenfield University along Kaduna-Abuja road is yet another tragedy. Proprietors of schools within this axis need to read the signs. Even most of us have abandoned our farms to the care of God,” the former lawmaker wrote on Twitter.
“With the way things are happening on that Abuja-Kaduna road, I can’t expect a university operating at that area. We see the signboard and one police van always, but it is dangerous. Police have cordoned the whole area,” Abdul Umaru who lives close to the university, said he heard gunshots in the early hours of Wednesday, but did not know what was happening.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said his government will not pay ransom to bandits as that encourages the criminals. Only five of the students of the forestry college have been released by the bandits while about 30 are still with the bandits.
A cousin to one of the kidnapped students, Georgina Stephen said “Negotiations are going on, the kidnappers have contacted some family members, asking for the payment of N800 million,” She said the abductors asked her family to pay N8 million ransom before they could secure the release of their sister from captivity. According to Georgiana, the bandits abducted 14 girls, 6 boys and the staff of the university. She said the kidnapers had subjected the students and staff to torture, saying unless the ransom is paid, all the students in captivity would be killed.