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Kaduna Govt Reacts To Release Of Greenfield University Students

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The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the release of abducted Greenfield University students, who had been in captivity since April 2021.

Naija News recalls that in April, armed bandits attacked the institution abducting 20 students and three non-academic staff of the university in Kaduna.

On Saturday, the bandits released the 13 students and three staff members of Greenfield university some few kilometres away from the school along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

According to the parents, the sum of N180 million was paid to bandits before their children were released.

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This is coming after the bandits killed five of the students were killed and a male warden while in their captivity for the failure of the parents to raise the N800m ransom demanded by the bandits.

In a statement on Saturday night by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the students were released unhurt.

Aruwan noted that Governor Nasir el-Rufai welcomed the news of the students’ release, and conveyed solace and encouragement to them following their harrowing ordeal

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The statement read: “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.” ALSO READ: Empty confessions don’t save anyone: Beware of Paul’s lies in the Bible

“According to the reports, at about 2:00PM today, Saturday, the hostages were found released along the Kaduna-Abuja road.

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“Fourteen persons were released in total, comprising students and staff.

“It would be recalled that they were abducted by armed bandits in April and had been in captivity since then. Five students were gruesomely killed by the bandits in the period.

“Governor Nasir el-Rufai welcomed the news of the students’ release, and conveyed solace and encouragement to them following their harrowing ordeal.”

“He assured them that the bitterness of the last few weeks, now over, would set the backdrop for positive achievements in their lives, as he wished them well for the future.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.

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