Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai has welcomed the 14 Greenfield University students released by armed bandits after spending weeks in captivity.
The Governor expressed his happiness as regards the return of the students via a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
“The kidnapped students of the Greenfield University, who had been held hostage by armed bandits, have been released by their abductors”
“This was reported to the Kaduna State Government by security agencies.”
“According to the reports, at about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, the hostages were found released on Kaduna-Abuja road.
“Fourteen persons were released in total, comprising students and staff.
The release of the 14 Greenfield University comes after 5 of their colleagues were gruesomely murdered by the bandits for failure to pay their ransom.
Governor El Rufai had initially stated that his government will not pay ransom to bandits even if his son were to be kidnapped.
However, some of the parents of the abducted students insisted on negotiating with the bandits for the release of their wards.
Mohammed Jalige, the police spokesperson in the state confirmed the release of the students but didn’t ascertain whether or not ransom was paid.