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We used N55m ransom received to feed kidnapped students, says Bandits leader, as he threatens to kill remaining students of Greenfield University still in their custody

Valentine Chinyem

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Leader of the bandits that kidnapped students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna State, has threatened to kill the remaining students in their custody.

According to him, there were 17 students still alive and in their custody, comprising 15 females and two males.

He said, amongst the kidnapped student is a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.

The bandit leader disclosed that the families of the students had already raised and paid N55 million to them but noted that the whole money was used to feed the students.

In the interview which he had with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VoN) the leader of the bandits’, who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said if the Kaduna State Government or families of the kidnapped students failed to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students would 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.”

Emphasising on 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.”

Recall that five of the students have so far been killed, with three killed a day after the students were kidnapped and another two, whose bodies were discovered by authorities, a few days after their colleagues were murdered in cold blood.

More so, the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai has insisted his administration will not negotiate with bandits and also warned against payment of ransom to bandits by relatives of kidnapped victims, adding that this only encourages the bandits to conitnue in their evil ways.