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Greenfield University: Reps in belated move to rescue abducted students

The move is coming even as the abductors had vowed to kill the students if their terms were not met latest by Tuesday May 4.

• May 4, 2021
Femi Gbajabiamila
The Speaker of House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila (Photo Credit: @femigbaja)

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, pledged to liaise with relevant authorities to secure release of the abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State.

The move is coming even as the abductors had vowed to kill the students if their terms were not met latest by Tuesday May 4. The kidnappers are asking for a N100 million ransom in addition to 10 motorcycles.

The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, made the pledge at plenary after a delegation of the House interfaced with the protesting parents of the students in Abuja.

On April 20, 2021, no fewer than 23 students and staff of the institution were abducted by bandits in Kasarami village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Six of the abductees had been killed by the bandits, who also threatened to kill the remaining 17 students if the ransom was not paid.

Mr Gbajabiamila referred the matter to the House Special Committee on Security and said that the House would immediately liaise with relevant authorities to secure their release.

Briefing the House earlier, the leader of the delegation, Representative Benson Babajimi (APC-Lagos), said that the parents, who were dressed in black, looked oppressed and dejected.

Mr Babajimi who is the Chairman, House Committee on Defence, said that the parents’ hope of getting their children released, rested on the parliament.

According to him, the parents are asking the House to intervene and secure the return of their abducted children.

Mr Babajimi urged the House to urgently intervene in the matter. 

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