Lamentations as Greenfield University students regains freedom
Freedom finally came on Saturday for the 13 remaining students and three members of staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna, after 38 days in kidnappers’ den.
Although the parents and other relations were relieved that they got their children back alive, they were furious with the federal and Kaduna State governments for the alleged levity with which they handled the abduction case.
An angry parent of kidnapped Greenfield University students said N180 million naira was paid to the abductors of the university students kidnapped over a month ago.
A total of 10 motorcycles were also given to the kidnappers as part of the ransom to secure the release of the students abducted from their school on April 20.
“N180 million, that is what they [the kidnappers] collected from us,” a parent told Television Continental on Saturday, noting the ransom was paid “without the help of the government.”
One of the students was released in early May after his parent paid a ransom.
Five of the Greenfield students were executed by the kidnappers to force the government and parents to pay a ransom.
But the Kaduna State Government insisted paying ransom only emboldens the criminals.
“We will not give them any money and they will not make any profit from Kaduna,” Kaduna Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said last month.
Also speaking, Chukwuemeka Lawrence, husband to one of the freed staff said: “we paid ransom before they were released. After the kidnappers called us and told us that government was behind them, that government knew what they were doing, and that we shouldn’t tell government what we were doing that we should look for more money.
“We begged them but they refused to listen to our pleas. We sold houses, two people went to pay N10 million each as they were demanding for more money, and government promised that they would help us but deserted us.”
Meanwhile, Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, expressed delight at the students’ release, praying that the bitterness of the last few weeks, would set the backdrop for positive achievements in their lives
Governor El-Rufai according to a statement by the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, conveyed solace and encouragement to the students following their harrowing ordeal.