Sunday, October 24, 2021
More

    Latest Posts

    EndSARS: One year after, no evidence of killing at Lekki tollgate -FG

    The Federal Government has claimed that one year after the shooting at Lekki tollgate by soldiers, there is no evidence to show...

    EndSARSMemorial: FG slams CNN, Amnesty on Lekki tollgate stance

    The Federal Government has slammed CNN and global human rights group, Amnesty International, saying they “have continued to shamelessly hold on to...

    Filmmaker releases Abdul to mark #EndSARS first anniversary

    A Nigerian filmmaker Samuel Adeoye has released the trailer of his new short film entitled, Abdul, in commemoration of the one-year remembrance...

    EndSARS: ‘We were shot, SARS still working’, Lagos protesters insist

    There was a large turnout of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Wednesday leading to gridlock in the area.

    We sold properties to raise N180m ransom, bought motorbikes for our children’s kidnappers – Parents of recently freed Kaduna students

    Parents and family members of the remaining kidnapped students and workers of the Greenfield University, Kaduna State, said they were forced to sell their property to raise ransom as the remaining victims regained freedom.

    It was learnt that the bandits collected N180m ransom and eight new motorcycles.

    The 13 students and three staff members of the privately-owned university were released by the bandits on Saturday afternoon some few kilomtres away from the school along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

    They were abducted on April 20, 2021.

    Bandits had invaded the university, killing an official before kidnapping 19 students and three female workers of the institution.

    Few days later, five of the students were killed by the bandits for failure of the parents to raise the N800m ransom demanded by the bandits.

    The spokesperson for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the release of the remaining students and workers after 39 days in captivity.

    When asked of his health status, the police spokesman said once debriefed, “we will get back to you.”

    Although the police were silent on whether or not a ransom was paid, it was learnt that parents paid some unspecified amount to the bandits who earlier demanded N800m ransom.

    The bandits, however, reduced the ransom to N100m and 10 motorcycles and later asked the parents to pay N10m for each victim.

    But our correspondent gathered from reliable sources that the parents paid ransom and provided eight brand new motorcycles to the bandits before the students regained their freedom.

    Saturday Punch gathered that the bandits dropped the 13 students and three staff of the university at around a company from where the security operatives guarding the multi-million dollar firm.

    Trouble started when the company security refused the parents who came to pick up their children, insisting that the students would be handed to the police.

    The angry parents broke into the company and took their children away amid jubilation.

    Meanwhile, the aggrieved parents blamed both the federal and state governments as well as the Nigeria Police Force for the alleged non-challant attitude to secure the victims’ release.

    They said they had to sell their assets to secure the release of their children from the bandits, who had earlier vowed to kill them if their demands were not met.

    One of the freed staff members, Mrs Bassey, thanked God that they were returned safely and reunited with their families.

    “I gave God all the glory that we returned safely. They tried to take care of us. We are eating normally,” she said.

    Another parent, Mr. Bassey Bassey expressed joy over the release of his daughter.

    He, however, expressed disappointment that Nigerian children had no future with the attitude of governments.

    Bassey said, “After 40 days of trauma, trouble, confusion, disappointment that the future of Nigerian children were kidnapped, we are very happy that we see them again alive.

    “But it is disappointing that both federal and state governments could not lift a finger to secure their release. No government showed any intention to help. It was parents that rallied round to ensure that the students were released.

    “We paid a huge amount of money to secure their release. The people (bandits) collected a number of motorbikes which we had to give because our destiny was tied up.

    “There was no effort, no fight by government or security agencies to get them freed. We suffered, and sold all our properties to rescue our children. No government, no security agencies that came to help us. It is shameful that those who did not contribute anything came out to take the glory.

    “Now is not a time to take that decision of returning our children back to that school. The school authority tried well. We will take that decision later.”

    Mr Chukwuemeka Lawrence, a husband of one of the kidnapped workers, insisted that huge amounts were paid as ransom.

    He said, “We paid ransom before they were released. The kidnappers called us and told us that government is behind them; that the government knows what they are doing and that we should look for more money.

    “We begged them but they refused to listen to our pleas. We sold houses. The total amount we paid was N150m. I cannot hide the truth. Government promised to protect us but they are not doing so. How can my wife go to work for two days and I will be paying over N5m? I can’t hide the truth. That is what is killing us in this country.”

    But in a video that went viral on Saturday, a parent who did not give his name said N180m was collected as ransom.

    He said, “N180m; that is what they collected from us parents, without the help of the government. None of the government officials came to our aid. Since the 20th of April they took these children, the government did not release a single policeman to go after them despite the dead bodies that have been brought. We say we have a government, I’m sorry we don’t have any government. We only have those that are selfish for themselves and not for the masses.”

    Copyright PUNCH.

    Latest Posts

    EndSARS: One year after, no evidence of killing at Lekki tollgate -FG

    The Federal Government has claimed that one year after the shooting at Lekki tollgate by soldiers, there is no evidence to show...

    EndSARSMemorial: FG slams CNN, Amnesty on Lekki tollgate stance

    The Federal Government has slammed CNN and global human rights group, Amnesty International, saying they “have continued to shamelessly hold on to...

    Filmmaker releases Abdul to mark #EndSARS first anniversary

    A Nigerian filmmaker Samuel Adeoye has released the trailer of his new short film entitled, Abdul, in commemoration of the one-year remembrance...

    EndSARS: ‘We were shot, SARS still working’, Lagos protesters insist

    There was a large turnout of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Wednesday leading to gridlock in the area.

    Don't Miss

    Ifeanyi Ubah wants Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest, detention revisited

    The lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Ifeanyi Ubah, has called on the Federal Government to revisit the issue of the arrest...

    Ayu’s emergence as chair: North gets PDP’s nod to contest 2023 Presidency

    The Peoples Democratic Party has given the North the option of producing its presidential candidate in 2023 despite the emergence of a...

    Don’t let police disrupt #EndSARS protests, Falana tells Buhari

    Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to abide by his oath...

    Anambra election: Police deploy three helicopters, 34,587 personnel

    The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has disclosed that 34,587 operatives, including special forces, would be deployed in Anambra State for the...

    Anambra poll: Supreme Court affirms Soludo as APGA’s gov candidate

    The Supreme Court has affirmed Professor Charles Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra election...

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.