The masterminds of the Greenfield University, Kaduna abduction have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students if they do not get their N100 million ransom today.
Twenty-two undergraduates were seized from campus almost two weeks ago by unknown gunmen. Five of them have since been eliminated by the captors.
In an interview, the leader of the team, Sani Idris Jalingo (also known as Baleri), handed down the threat in a recorded audio clip that lasted for three minute.
He explained that affected parents had paid N55 million which they allegedly used in feeding the captives.
Jalingo said: “There are 15 females and two males in our captivity, including the son of the late Emir, Shehu Idris, identified as Hamza.
“We have heard the governor ranting that he would not pay a kobo as ransom to any bandit or kidnapper. He even warned his family members that should anyone of them be kidnapped, he wouldn’t pay a kobo to free them.”
The ringleader said they eliminated the quintet to show seriousness.
Asked if he is a hoodlum, he giggled and responded: “I’m not a criminal. I am just living to survive.”
One of the abducted students, who spoke in the video, Hamza, pleaded with government to settle their abductors.
Another undergraduate introduced as Abigail Usman stressed that the bandits meant business.
Prodded if pleading could be potent in the long run, Jalingo asserted: “They should please send the money so that they (students) can be freed.”
Usman, however, appealed to the Kaduna Government and well-meaning Nigerians to promptly effect payment for their freedom.
“We discovered that they are installing trackers on our bikes. We removed some. We can’t be intimidated by that, because we don’t visit the town.
“Now, we want them to pay the N100 million ransom. Failure to meet up with our demand by Tuesday (today), then the parents will pack their (students) bodies in pickups,” he added.