One of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kasarami in Kaduna state has been released by the bandits.
But 16 other students still remained in captivity in the kidnappers’ den with death hanging over their heads except their parents can come up with the N100 million ransom and 10 motorbikes demanded by the gunmen.
While the police and government authorities are yet to confirm the development, the mother of the student, Lauretta Attahiru confirmed the release of her son on Tuesday.
She however, refused to give details of how her son was released and whether a ransom was paid or not.
According to some of the parents, the student was released on Saturday after his mother, who is the wife of a retired Army officer from Plateau state negotiated and paid ransom to the bandits privately before they released her son on Saturday.
The parents had earlier informed that the bandits have been negotiating with them individually, asking each of them to pay as high as N20 million, before they eventually demanded a bulk of N100 million and 10 motorcycles on Monday, May 3, 2021.
The parents have appealed to the government and Nigerians to come to their aid so that their children will be rescued alive from the hands of their abductors.
With the release of the student, the fate of the remaining 16 students still hangs in the balance even as the bandits threatened to kill them if their parents and government fail to pay the N100 million ransom and also provide 10 new motorcycles.
The parents of the victims who did not want their names mentioned due to fear said that the fresh demand of N100 million by the bandits is in addition to the over N50 million ransom paid to them over the weekend, with the assurance to release their children.