Parents of the 23 students and a member of staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna State who were kidnapped by bandits on 20th April 2021 have lamented as kidnappers raised the ransom for the remaining 16 students in their custody from N100 million to N60 Million. The kidnappers were said to be calling the parent s of the children each to tell them about the increase.
According to The Nation, the bandits who had earlier demanded the sum of N500 million reduced the ransom to N100, million. While it was reported that the parents had managed to raise the sum of N55 million which did not go down well with the abductors, One of the parents of the victims reported that the bandits called and requested “for N10 million to get my child out”. The parent further expressed hopelessness about the situation, “We are helpless. When we told them we could not raise N100 million collectively; where do they want us to get N160 million?”
It was further gathered that the parents had initially paid the sum of N55 million as against the N100 million demanded by the kidnappers. However, the parents are doubtful of any hope as they do not know what to expect following the recent demands by the bandits. “We don’t even know what to do now. They initially asked for N100 million for all the children, after we had paid them more than N55 million. With this now, it means they are asking for N160 million because there are 16 of our children with them presently,” They said.
According to reports, five of the students were killed days after they were abducted by the kidnappers as they claimed their demands were not met. They further threatened to kill the remaining students if their demands were not by last Tuesday.