N60million Not Enough, We Need N100Million To Free Your Children — Bandits To Parents of Abducted University Students
Parents of the remaining abducted students at Greenfield University in Kaduna State have pleaded with the federal government to help them free their children from bandit captivity.
Parents who gathered in Kaduna on Friday for a prayer session bemoaned their children’s continued detention by the bandits after they were taken from school on April 20, according to Channels TV.
Marcus Zarmai, the chairman of the outraged parents, begged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his power to obtain the students’ release before something bad happens to them.
According to him, the kidnappers are demanding N100 million in ransom, despite the fact that the parents have already paid over N60 million in ransom for the release of their children.
The parents’ expressions revealed the anguish and nightmare they had been through over the previous three weeks.
The parents pleaded with the federal government to help them pay the ransom or find another method to ensure their children’s safe release.
Esther Chukwuemeka, whose mother had been kidnapped by the bandits, joined in the prayer for the abducted people’s release.
Esther bemoaned the fact that her mother’s absence had left a void in their home and pleaded with the bandits to let her mother go.
A woman was quoted by the TVC as stating, “Every time I talk to my kid, she claims she’s sick, that she’s really sick.” The kidnappers keep telling us that they don’t have an issue with us, but they do have an issue with the government.”
In recent years, mass kidnappings of students for ransom have become more common in Kaduna State, despite the government’s insistence that it would neither bargain or pay any money to bandits.
Bandits raided the institution in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state less than a month ago, abducting a total of 20 students and three university staff members.
A few days after the incident, armed men murdered five pupils and threatened to murder the rest unless their parents and the government paid a ransom of N800 million.
While one of the kids was released two weeks ago after his parents allegedly paid a ransom for his release, the fate of the remaining kids remains uncertain.