N55 million ransom paid for kidnapped Kaduna University students has already been spent on feeding them – Bandit Leader

The notorious bandits who kidnapped Greenfield University students in Kaduna State have stated that they have obtained N55 million from the families of the abducted students, but have alleged that the money has already been spent.

The bandits threatened to kill the remaining 17 students if the Kaduna State Government or the victims’ families did not comply with their demands on Monday.

The students and three university staff were abducted from the school campus on April 20, 2021, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, and five of the students have been killed so far.

In an interview with Voice of America’s Hausa Service, the bandits issued the latest warning.

Sani Idris Jalingo, a leader of the bandits’ gang, said the remaining students would be killed if the Kaduna State Government or their families did not pay a ransom of N100 million and provide them with ten brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday.

Jalingo stated that he had 17 students in his care, 15 females and two males.

Among them, he says, is a grandson of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identifies as Hamza.

The bandits announced that the students’ families had already raised and paid them N55 million, but they said they had used the money to feed the students.

He promised that it was his last warning, and that if the government or the students’ families did not fulfil his demands, he would destroy all of the students.

“You are speaking with the Greenfield students’ kidnappers. We heard the Kaduna State Governor say he would not pay a ransom to bandits to buy more weapons,” he said.

When asked if he considers himself a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said, “I’m nothing more than a food seeker.”

“If they do not carry N100 million and ten brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you that they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students,” the bandit said, emphasising his threat.

He cautioned security forces not to waste time installing trackers on bikes, claiming that his members do not travel to cities and thus arresting them would be difficult.

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