Three students confirmed dead in school kidnapping in Nigeria
Three of the students kidnapped on Tuesday night from Greenfield University in Kasarami village, Kaduna State, have been confirmed dead by the Kaduna State government.
Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, made a statement on Friday:
“In an act of mindless evil and sheer wickedness, the armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University, have shot dead three of the abducted students. (…) The remains of three students were found today (Friday), in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university.”
According to PM News Nigeria, the brother-in-law of one of the victims sent a message to Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Digital and New Media. Part of the letter stated:
“I’m marginalised as a Christian in my state. I go elsewhere and I’m being stereotyped. Today, my sister is dead. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine what she went thru in the hands of these evil men before her untimely death. Can you? How do I comfort my wife?”
Attacks on schools have dramatically increased in the past few years as kidnappers have capitalized on obtaining large ransom payments. The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name loosely means “western education is forbidden”, established the pattern of kidnapping school children for ransom in 2014 when the group abducted 276 mostly Christian girls from a school in Chibok.