Remember that they first killed three of the students, then another two, while demanding N800 million in ransom from their parents in order to secure the students’ release.
The students were abducted from their school on April 20, with state governor Nasir El-rufai stating that he will not negotiate their release with the bandits.
He went on to say that it was prudent to reconsider one’s position when the facts changed.
“A path proposed in 2014 cannot be taken as the immutable answer to a serious problem that has since evolved. Negotiations have not stopped the criminals, so we seek to solve today’s problem with tools fit for them,” a section of the statement read
Sani Idris Jalingo who had identified himself as the leader of the bandits in a telephone conversation with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), said 17 of the students are still in their custody.
The terrorist said that the families of the students had already paid N55 million which he claims was used to feed the abductees.
He added that a ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles must be made available before the students would be set free.
“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms,” Jalingo said in the interview in Hausa.
“He also said he told his family that he will not pay ransom if any of them is kidnapped. So, we want to show that the Nigerian Government has failed that is why we killed the students.”
Jalingo said the victims in their custody include 17 girls and two boys one of which is the grandson of the late Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris.
Two of the abducted students who spoke to the VOA during the interview appealed to the government and their parents to pay the ransom.
“They mean what they say because they have already killed some of us,” says Idris, one of the kidnapped students.
About 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, are currently in captivity 47 days after their abduction due to the no-ransom policy of the El-Rufai government.
Governor El-Rufai regretted the reckless attacks and killings of students from tertiary institutions in the state.