Panic as bandits threaten to kill 17 kidnapped Nigerian students tomorrow

Seventeen undergraduates in Nigeria who were kidnapped about a fortnight ago may be killed tomorrow unless the government acts to save them.

The kidnappers have already demonstrated their willingness to kill their victims having killed five of them some days ago.

The students were kidnapped from a private university, Greenfield University, in Kaduna, North-west Nigeria, on April 20.

The Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has a policy of not negotiating with kidnappers and has insisted he would not go back on the policy to save the Greenfield students. Mr El-Rufai says such negotiations and payment of ransom only encourages the criminals. His stance has, however, not reduced cases of kidnap in Kaduna, one of the states most affected by the insecurity ravaging Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service on Monday, the leader of the kidnappers, Sani Jalingo, also known as Baleri, said unless the government pays a ransom of N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles, the government should come with a truck to evacuate the bodies of the students on Tuesday.

Mr Jalingo asked Governor El-Rufai to take the warning seriously as his…

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