Kidnappers of Greenfield students reduce ransom to N100M
The kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students in their captivity if the ransom is not paid on Tuesday.
The leader of the gang who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo in an interview with Voice of America reduced the ransom on the remaining students to N100 million, 10 Honda brand motorcycles on Monday stating that the initial N55 million has been used to feed the students.
The bandit leader confirmed there were 17 students in their custody, comprising 15 females and two males, one of whom the VOA reported is a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Jalingo said, “We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.”
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“He (El-Rufai) also told his family that whoever goes to the place where they are kidnapped he will not pay even N5 ransom to rescue them. That is to show that the Nigerian government has failed and does not love the citizens. That is why we killed the students (the initial five).”
Asked if he was into terrorism, Jalingo laughed and said: “I am not a terrorist but a food seeker.”
He stressed: “If they (government and parents) fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, I can assure you, In Shaa Allah (by God’s grace) they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”
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Two of the students, a male and a female who spoke in the telephone conversation begged the government to pay the ransom and secure their release saying “these people (bandits) don’t make empty threat whatever they say, they carry it out.”