Nigerians condemn govt ‘silence’ on threat to kill 17 students

Nigerians have intensified their pleas to the federal and Kaduna State governments to secure the release of the 17 students, who their abductors have threatened to murder if they are not ransomed by Tuesday.

The students were kidnapped about a fortnight ago from Greenfield University in Kaduna.

The kidnappers have already killed five of the students, to demonstrate their lack of qualms at shedding innocent blood.

On Monday, the leader of the criminal group, Sani Jalingo, said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) that unless the government gives it a ransom of N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles, it should come with a truck to evacuate the bodies of the students on Tuesday.

Mr Jalingo asked Governor Nasir El-Rufai to take the warning seriously as his group was determined to carry out the threat.

During the audio interview, the kidnap kingpin said the families of the students had paid N55 million as ransom but his group had used the money to feed the students.

Apart from the kidnapped Greenfield students, 30 students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna are also being held by bandits.

Both the state’s commissioner for…

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