Kidnappers hand over 14 abducted Nigerian students in Kaduna state | News from Nigeria


The attackers released 14 remaining students abducted from Greenfield University in northwestern Nigeria last month.

The kidnappers have released the remaining 14 students who had been arrested after being kidnapped last month from a university in northern Nigeria, officials said.

Armed groups have repeatedly attacked schools and universities in northwestern Nigeria in recent months, hijacking more than 700 students for rescue since December. The inability of security forces to crack down on kidnapping gangs has sparked protests against the government’s perception of inaction.

The gunmen had assaulted the University of Greenfield in the northwestern state of Kaduna, on April 20th. One person was killed during the raid and, in the days following the attack, five of those taken were killed.

“Fourteen of the university’s abducted students have been released,” Simeon Nwakacha, a pro-chancellor at Greenfield University, told Reuters news agency on Saturday. He said the 14 were the remaining students detained.

Kaduna State Security Commissioner Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that 14 people taken from the university had been released and found next to a road connecting Kaduna and the capital Abuja on Saturday towards at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

It was not immediately clear whether the hostages were released in exchange for a ransom payment.

Rescue kidnapping has become commonplace in recent years in many parts of Nigeria, with businessmen, officials and citizens snatched from the streets by criminals looking for money to rescue themselves.

Gangs move largely for financial reasons and have no known ideological leanings. But there are concerns that they are infiltrating rebel groups.

According to SB Morgen, a Lagos-based geopolitical research consultancy, at least $ 11 million was paid to the hijackers between the 2016 and March 2020 generators.

President Muhammadu Buhari urged state governments in February to review their policy of “rewarding bandits with money and vehicles.”

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