BEVERLY HILLS, May 29, (THEWILL) – A 40-day nightmare finally came to an end for 14 abducted students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna State as they regained their freedom on Saturday.
Some of the parents would later reveal they paid N180 million in addition to eight motorbikes to secure the life and liberty of the young undergraduates.
The bandits, who broke into the Greenfield campus on April 20 and marched out 19 young men and women into the unknown, finally released the undergraduates on Saturday afternoon at a spot along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Chairman of the Greenfield Parents Forum, Markus Zarmai, led a small delegation to receive the students at the drop-off point.
The Kaduna government had said it would not pay any ransom to free the captives.
But the parents said that not only was a cash ransom paid, they in addition delivered eight brand new motorcycles to the kidnappers to secure the release of their children.
They had severally appealled to the Federal and state governments to assist with the N800 million ransom but none was forthcoming.
Following the May 5 release of students of the Federal College of Agricultural Mechanisation, President Muhammadu Buhari appealled for the release of the students of the Greenfield University and all others still in captivity.
The students’ release comes 40 days after they were abducted.
An altercation broke out between parents and the police near Olams Farms, Kaduna, where the rescued students were initially harboured immediately after their release.
Angry parents resisted the police attempt to take away the students, blocking the bus the cops brought to convey them.
They said the government had no locus to dictate the movement of the youths whose liberty they refused to help secure.