Bandits attack Kaduna university, kidnap students

Greenfield University

Greenfield University, a private university in Kaduna State, has been attacked by bandits, with an unknown number of students being abducted, a report from Channels TV says.

The report added that the university, which is located along the Kaduna–Abuja highway, was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday.

This is coming a few weeks after 39 students were abducted from a Forestry college also in Kaduna state.

A former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has condemned the attack.

“The fresh report that bandits have attacked and kidnapped many students at the Greenfield University along Kaduna-Abuja road is yet another tragedy. Proprietors of schools within this axis need to read the signs. Even most of us have abandoned our farms to the care of God,” the former lawmaker wrote on Twitter.

Premium Times reports that a man who lives close to the university, Abdul Umaru, said he heard gunshots in the early hours of Wednesday, but did not know what was happening.

“With the way things are happening on that Abuja-Kaduna road, I can’t expect a university operating at that area. We see the signboard and one police van always, but it is dangerous. Police have cordoned the whole area,” Mr Umaru told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday morning.

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said his government will not pay ransom to bandits as that encourages the criminals. Only five of the students of the forestry college have been released by the bandits while about 30 are still with the them.

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