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THE REMAINING KIDNAPPED GREENFIELD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FREED

The remaining 14 abducted students of Greenfield University Kaduna were freed on Saturday after 40 days in captivity. Two other persons who were kidnapped alongside the students are also said to have been freed.

The news was confirmed by Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security.

The students were abducted from the Greenfield University, a private university in Kaduna State on April 20 after bandits invaded their hostels. Five of the abducted students were later killed by the bandits.

Parents of the students had paid over N40 million as ransom to the kidnappers who insisted on a N100 million and some motorcycles.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had earlier adopted a policy of not negotiating with kidnappers, saying it encourages more kidnappings and have refused to engage the kidnappers. That stance drew wide spread condemnation from Nigerians,

At a point, parents of the kidnapped students staged protests in Kaduna and Abuja, calling on the state and Federal government to ensure the release of the students.

It is not clear if Kaduna State government officials were involved in the negotiations that led to the students being freed.

 

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