Two more students have been killed by bandits, the Kaduna State government has announced.
Last week, three students, including a niece to the pro- chancellor were found dead.
The government statement by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, reads: :On a sad note, security agencies have just reported to the Kaduna State Government the recovery of two more dead bodies of Greenfield University students, killed by armed bandits today, Monday 26th April 2021.
“The retrieved corpses have been evacuated to a mortuary, and the university has been notified of the development.
“The Government of Kaduna State under the leadership of Malam Nasir El-Rufai is saddened by this evil perpetrated against innocent students abducted while pursuing their education for a glorious future.
“The Government sends its deep empathy to their families and the university management, and prays for the repose of their souls.
“The Government will update the citizenry on further developments.”
Everyday.ng reports that Precious Nwakacha, one of the three students of the Greenfield University (GFU) Kaduna killed by bandits is the niece of the Pro-Chancellor, Engineer Simon Nwakacha. Her body was found alongside Sadiq Yusuf Sanga and Dorathy Yohanna.
Also, a staff of the university associated with Nwakacha was kidnapped and kept by his abductors for about a month until he was released early this year.
He was abducted in one of the communities around the university when he stepped out to make purchases.
Observers are wondering if there is a connection in these events and the fact of late Precious’ relationship with the proprietor. Precious was said to be the daughter of an elder brother to the school’s pro-chancellor.
She was said to have attended Imperial College, a secondary school in Kudende in Kaduna also associated with Simon Nwakacha.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of the GFU, Bashir Muhammad, last week said efforts made to secure the release of the staff and students were not yieldeding the desired results.
“Even so, very sad news reaching us is that three of the students were killed and their bodies were found near the University,” he said.
He confirmed that a ransom of 800 million Naira has been demanded from the abducted staff and students.
He added: “We are at this point calling on the government and people of goodwill who can be of assistance to come to our aid as the situation is becoming overwhelming.
“The management of Greenfield University appreciates the concerns of the government of Kaduna State, led by Malam Nasir el-Rufai and commend steps taken so far in ensuring the safe return of those abducted.
“Finally, we appeal to those in custody of our staff and students to spare their lives,” the statement added.
Yusuf’s body, along with those of Dorathy Yohanna and Precious Nwakacha were found in Kwanan Bature Village, close to Greenfield University, where they were captured on 20 April.
The Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, announced the discovery.
He said the bodies were taken to a mortuary by him and the Commander Operation Thunder Strike.
Sanga, son of a former Chairman of Jemaa Local Government Area, presently a director with the Kaduna Stae Government, was buried on Friday, according to Muslim rites.