The bandits, who abducted 22 students from Greenfield University in Kaduna State, have said they killed five of their victims to show the government’s failure.
On April 20, armed men stormed the school and kidnapped the students after killing a security guard.
They demanded N800 million, but when their demands were not met three days later, they killed three students and two others a few days later.
The bandits had promised to continue murdering innocent students every few days before their demands were met.
The remaining students will be killed if the Kaduna State Government or the victims’ families do not pay a ransom of N100 million and provide them with ten brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, according to a leader of the bandit community who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo in an interview with Voice of America’s Hausa Service, which our correspondent monitored.
Jalingo said that the students’ families had already paid them N55 million and that the money had been used to feed the students.
“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
“He also said he told his family that he will not pay the ransom if any of them is kidnapped. So, we want to show that the Nigerian Government has failed that is why we killed the students,” he said.
Two of the abducted students who spoke during the interview also appealed to the government and their parents to take the threats seriously.
One of the students identified as a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the government to negotiate with their captors.
“They mean what they say because they have already killed some of us,” said the student simply identified as Idris.
Similarly, Abigail Usman, another student, also pleaded with the government to send the money so that they can regain freedom.
She said the five students killed were taken in their presence to where they were murdered.
“If they don’t get the money, they will kill us all,” she pleaded.
Meanwhile, Bandits have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna State.
Twenty-two students and a member of staff were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.
In an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by our correspondent, a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said if the Kaduna State Government or their families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.
Jalingo said there were 17 students in his custody, including 15 females and two males, among them a grandchild of the late 18th emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.
The bandit revealed that the families of the students have already raised and paid N55 million to them but claimed they had used the money to feed the students.
He vowed that it was his final warning and should government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students will be killed.
“You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms,” he said.
Asked if he sees himself as a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said:
“I’m nothing but a food seeker.”
Emphasizing his threat, the bandit said:
“If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”
He cautioned security forces not to waste their time installing trackers on the bikes, claiming that since his members do not travel to towns, apprehending them would be difficult.