The killing of the students, according to Kaduna state Governor Nasir el-Rufai, was “pure wickedness, inhumanity, and an absolute desecration of human lives by filthy powers.” The bandits, according to the governor, represent the worst of humanity and must be fought at all costs for the violent wickedness they represent. Evil will not be victorious over God-given humanity. He also urged people to band together against the forces of darkness that are threatening the very life of the Nigerian state.
“On behalf of the Government and citizens of Kaduna State, the Governor expressed deep condolences and empathy to the student families and the university community, and prayed for the repose of their souls. The government will keep people up to date on any new developments.”
The Kaduna State Government does not pay ransom to kidnappers because the governor, Nasir El-Rufai, believes it would promote further kidnappings. He has stated repeatedly that bandits should be killed in order to put an end to banditry in the region.
Kaduna is one of the Nigerian states most affected by bandit kidnappings in recent years.
The assault on the university is the third time this year that bandits have targeted schools in Kaduna.
Bandits raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka-Kaduna in Igabi Local Government Area on March 11 and abducted 39 students. Five of the students escaped from the bandits, and five others were later released due to health concerns, leaving 29 students in captivity.
Gunmen targeted Government Science Secondary School, Ikara in Kaduna two days after the Afaka attack, but the intended kidnapping of the students was foiled by security operatives.
Earlier that day, on March 6, gunmen wielding lethal weapons stormed the Kaduna International Airport’s Junior Staff Quarters, kidnapping many members of staff and their families.
One of the victims, a member of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), was kidnapped along with his wife, five children, and three other visitors.
In another incident, the wife and child of a Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) employee were kidnapped during the attack. According to Sani Majidadi, the Regional Manager of NIMET in North Central, the gunmen broke into the junior staff quarters at the airport and broke into two apartments. Majidadi clarified that the gunmen came through a bush from Ifira Village and cut the air-side perimeter fence before entering the staff quarters.
According to him, the armed men fled into the bush after hearing the security operatives’ gunshots. Several employees were abducted and one was killed by bandits in 2020, prompting the Kaduna State government to deploy troops along the Airport Road.