One of the abducted Greenfield University students in Kaduna State has been released by the bandits.
Although the Nigerian police force and government authorities are yet to confirm the development, the mother of the student, Lauritta Attahiru confirmed the release of her son to Channels Television, on Tuesday.
However, the mother refused to give pieces of how her son was released and whether a ransom was paid or not.
Some of the parents told Channels Television that the student was released on Saturday after his mother – a wife of a Retired Army officer from Plateau State negotiated and paid ransom to the bandits secretly before they released her son on Saturday.
The parents had earlier informed that the bandits have been negotiating with them individually, asking each of them to pay as high as N20 million, before they ultimately charged a bulk of N100 million and ten motorcycles on Monday, May 3.
With the release of the student, the uncertainty of the remaining 16 students still hangs in the balance even as the bandits threatened to kill them if their parents and government fail to pay the N100 million ransom and also provide ten new motorcycles.
Threat To Kill
The release of one of the students follows an earlier threat by their abductors to kill the remaining 17 students in their custody if their parents and the Kaduna state government refuse to pay the sum of N100 million as random by Tuesday, May 4th.
This was revealed by some of the parents of the abducted students on Monday.
The parents of the abducted students who did not want their names cited due to fear told Channels Television that the fresh demand of N100 million by the bandits is in addition to the over N50 million ransom paid to them over the weekend, with the assurance to release their children.
In addition to the N100 million, the parents said the bandits also demanded ten new motorcycles before the end of Tuesday, May 4th, failure which they will have no choice but to kill the remaining 17 students in their custody.