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Three Students Abducted From Nigeria University Found Shot Dead

Three students abducted from university found shot dead.

Remains of the students found in a village close to Greenfield University, according to state security official.


attacked a private university in ’s northern state, killing one staff member and kidnapping some students, and officials said on April 21, 2021 [ Bori/ ]

attacked a private university in ’s northern state, killing one staff member and kidnapping some students, and officials said on April 21, 2021 [ Bori/ ]

Three students abducted from their university in northwestern earlier this week have been found dead, according to a local official.


The killings announced on Friday were an escalation in the mass kidnappings across northern carried out by criminal gangs known locally as bandits.


attacked the private Greenfield University in state on Tuesday, killing one staff member and taking an unknown number of students. It was the fifth known attack on a or college since December 2020.



“In an act of mindless evil and sheer wickedness, the armed bandits kidnapped students of Greenfield University have shot dead three of the abducted students,” Samuel Aruwan, state’s internal security and affairs commissioner, said in a statement.


The remains of the students were found in a village close to the university, he added.


Two university staff told news agency that 20 students along with three non-academic staff were kidnapped but state officials could not confirm those numbers.


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Armed gangs have repeatedly struck northern and universities in recent months, abducting more than 700 students. Experts agree that the growing instances of mass abductions are an offshoot of a booming kidnapping-for-ransom criminal enterprise that has become one of ’s main security challenges.


are targets,” Ikemesit Effiong, head of research at Morgen (SBM) Intelligence, a -based political risk analysis firm, told Al Jazeera. “They target children as well as because the incentives behind securing their release are much higher. Also, are always considered to be in much more position to possess the to secure the release of their wives and children.”


In , however, local authorities have said they would not pay any ransom to criminals.


“The bandits have been targeting educational institutions and , abducting students, in particular, because it makes headlines. Headlines constitute the oxygen of the terrorists, and these bandits are terrorists,” Governor said.

“We do not pay ransom; we will not negotiate with criminals; we will not negotiate with bandits,” el-Rufai said, calling it “a principle stand”.


“The fact that you are carrying an AK-47 does not give you the platform to negotiate because if we do that then we’ll have to negotiate with every criminal in , and grant him or her amnesty.”



The and security forces have largely been unable to stop the attacks as they struggle to contain worsening violence and criminality across the country.

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The announcement of the students’ deaths came hours after Muhammadu had condemned the killing of “tens” of villagers early this week in neighbouring northwestern state and ordered security forces to hunt down the perpetrators.



Local residents said as many as 60 could have been killed in Wednesday’s rampage in about a dozen villages in the state but only nine bodies had been recovered.


In a statement late on Thursday, said “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later” and ordered security forces to rid the region of “frequent and horrifying bandit activities”.


“The violence against poor villagers are struggling with poverty and other severe economic challenges is not going to be tolerated by this administration,” he said.

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4 Responses

  1. Okoro Samuel says:

    Na wa.. Bad news

  2. Davidson says:

    God save us oo

  3. Isaac says:

    Very painful

  4. Ayomide says:

    No securities again

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