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We paid bandits N180m to bring back our children – Greenfield parents

By Paul Njoku

Many of the parents of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, have decried that they paid N180 million to bandits to secure the release of their children without any help from the government.

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, fourteen of the abducted students regained their freedom having spent fourty (40) days in the den of their abductors.

It was gathered that when the bandits who abducted the students dropped them along Kaduna express road, parents swiftly mobilised a bus to convey the students to the Greenfield University arena for identification and reintegration while the operatives of the Kaduna Police Command struggled with the parents to posses the students. It was noted that parents did not allow the police to play a stagemanaged card of any sort.

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A parent said, “police want to claim sympathy as if they helped in the release of our children”.

Meanwhile, two parents of the abductees were heard on Channels television news @ 10pm lamenting that they would never allow the police hijack the process, adding that the police and Kaduna State government abandoned them to their burden when they needed their help mostly.

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Recall that the students were abducted on April 20, 2021, when bandits attacked the Greenfield University.

The bandits subsequently killed five of the students and threatened to kill others if a ransom was not paid while one of the students was later released upon ransom.

Shortly after the release of the 14 students, a video shared on social media showed two parents lamenting the unfortunate neglegence of the government at all levels as they struggled to raise the ransom alone.

They said, “it is unfair” that the government did not help them to pay the ransom demanded by their abductors.

Three of the abducted students are reportedly still held by the bandits.

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