There’s an atmosphere of tension in the country as citizens await to hear from the governments after kidnappers of 22 students and staff from Greenfield University in Kaduna on Monday threatened to kill the remaining students, 17 of them held in captivity if the government fails to meet their demands on Tuesday(Today).
You would recall that about 22 students and staff were abducted on April 20 when the hoodlums invaded the school about 8:30 pm.
Having been contacted, the abductors demanded N800 million ransom for the release of the students and staff.
The management of the University appealed to the government and people of goodwill who could be of assistance to come to their aid as the situation surrounding the kidnap of the university students was becoming overwhelming.
However, while negotiations were still ongoing, five of the students were killed by the abductors.
Speaking in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), Hausa service, one Sani Jalingo who claimed to be the leader of the abductors, warned that if the state government or parents of the students fail to pay a ransom of N100 million and provide them with 10 new Honda motorcycles by today, the remaining students would be killed.
According to Jalingo, 17 students, comprising 15 girls and two boys, were in his custody, including the grandson of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, whose name was given as Hamza.
He said “You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the comments of the Kaduna State governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
“If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students”.
Jalingo further stated that the families of the abducted students had already paid N55 million, but they had spent the money to feed the students.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state had reiterated his administration’s stance not to negotiate with bandits.
According to the governor, his job is to enforce the law and help to prosecute people who commit offences.
“We will not engage with bandits or kidnappers. Private citizens like clerics and clergymen can do so in their individual capacities, to preach to them and ask them to repent. We also want them to repent but it is not our job to ask them to do so,’’ he said.
After receiving the threat on Monday, Nigerians have been praying and waiting to hear something positive from the government and abductors of the students, some on social media tweeted:
@APOSTLESULEMAN “Let’s pray for #Greenfielduniversity students… Let the Lord preserve them… Let the angels of the Lord reactivate(Acts 12)and set them free in Jesus name
“When they started pampering “repentant bandits” I cried out. Repentance is unto God not man. Then they started paying bandits.. Now it has become a lucrative business for trigger happy fellows and enemies of our collective patrimony. #Greenfielduniversity is priority..”
@aproko_doctor “We created this monster currently, paying kidnappers and pampering repentant terrorists. Now some students of #Greenfielduniversity may pay for the government’s inability to protect them with their lives. This is no longer acceptable, it’s becoming a norm and has to stop”
@joeydozie “It’s important that we get #Greenfielduniversity trending. Bill and Melinda are going to be alright. If those students get killed today, that’s the end of their story. All they wanted was to get educated.”
@frankdonga_ “When I remember the students killed at #Greenfielduniversity and those still in danger, I can’t help thinking that some people somewhere are collecting salaries and allowances for securing citizens and there’s this much insecurity”
@TosinOlugbenga “17 kidnapped students of #Greenfielduniversity might face death TODAY. Their lives, dreams cut short simply cos we’ve a govt that does a lot of talking without any action. The Governor of that state was Tweeting motivations on Saturday. Buhari is a failure!”
@IconicRhaymond “I pray Almighty God protect all Greenfield students and bring them back home safely
It will be a very bad news if #Greenfielduniversity students did not come back home safe”
@IamBugzy “These #Greenfielduniversity abductors have gotten 55M. How was these humongous amount gotten across to them? They are contacting the relatives of the abductees by phone and yet these lines can’t be traced. What exactly is DSS doing?”
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About 35 Roasted To Death In Rivers Illegal Refinery
About 35 persons have been burnt to death by fire that engulfed a site of an illegal oil refinery in Rivers State.
It was gathered that the tragedy occurred at Ibaa Community, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.
The fire was said to have broken out late Sunday night when over 45 persons were gathered at the time to transact illegal oil business.
A source from the community, who spoke in confidence, said some of his cousins and a wife to one of them died in the incident.
“My community has been thrown into mourning. My cousins and a wife to one of my cousins went there too for some business but died,” he said
Another source, Emmanuel Daniel, said the victims went to the area to trade on the petroleum product when the engulfed the site.
Daniel said that people from Isiokpo Kingdom in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Ibaa and Oduoha in Emohua LGA, were affected by the fire.
Daniel said: “More than 40 people were there at the site. They were there scooping and bagging crude oil when fire caught up with them
“The fire came from a refining site that is close to the point where they were bagging the crude.
“Many Isiokpo and Oduoha people, and Ibaa people were there. Seven of the people died inside the pit where they were scooping the crude. About 10 burnt to charcoal by the pit.
“About 30 people died at the site while over 15 have been rushed to the hospital. I hear that three of them have died while they were being rushed to the hospital.”
A video showed charred remains of children, men and women, who were victims of the incident, littering the scene of the incident.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) promised to get more information about the development.
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Emuoha Local Government Area, Chidi Lloyd, said it was unfortunate that some youths were still engaging in the illicit trade despite warnings and public advocacy.
Lloyd appealed to traditional rulers in the area to speak out about and discourage such criminal activities within their domains.
He said: “It is unfortunate that people who have been misguided would lose their lives in that kind of dastardly manner in Ibaa.
“We have said this for the umpteenth time and anybody who is in Rivers State will bear me witness thet there cannot be any short cut to wealth.
“I also have said to traditional rulers that they have a duty. It is not just to be given recognition, that they have a duty to expose criminal elements within their neighbourhood. “
The council chair identified Oblle, Rukuni and Ndele as the other communities where illegal oil refining activities had persisted despite warnings.
5 Dead In Delta Tanker Explosion – Police
The Delta State Police Command says five persons died with properties including eight buses, two tankers, five trailers, two cars, and one motorcycle burnt completely in an early Sunday inferno, Channels TV reports.
Sunday’s incident happened after a tanker laden with PMS – driving towards Benin along Warri-Benin Road – fell with its content spilling into the nearby swamp.
In a statement, the command’s spokesman Bright Edafe disclosed that the spillage attracted youths who started scooping the fuel into jerry cans and other containers.
While they were at it, he said an explosion erupted and the fire engulfed the area.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has sent his condolences to the families of victims who got burnt in the explosion.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Festus Ahon, in Asaba, Governor Sheriff commiserated with the victims’ families on the sad incident.
He disclosed that the State has reached out to help the victims.
Governor Oborevwori blamed the unfortunate incident on the poor state of federal roads, once again calling on the Federal Government to expedite action in reconstructing failed portions of the road.
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The Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works Energy, Land and Survey says it is committed towards ensuring that the two ministries are backed by law in discharging their duties for overall development of the state.
The Chairman of the committee who is also the deputy chief whip of the house, Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre constituency stated this when he led other members on a familiarization visit to the headquarters of the ministry of land and survey and that of works and energy development separately.
Japheth Hammanjabu said the purpose of their visit was to understand the progress and challenges being faced by the ministries.
The Chairman revealed that the committee is ready to intervene on any possible review of the current legislative framework under which the ministries operate and make amendments where necessary.
He commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the commissioners of the ministries for the role they are playing towards the progress and development of the state.
In their separately, the Commissioner ministry for land and survey and the surveyor general of the state explained that the ministry and the surveyor general’s office took a holistic assessment of the major land problems in the state after which a work plan was made to that effect.
While appealing for mutual working relationship with house for them to succeed in discharging their responsibilities they also appreciated the committee for the timely visit describing the composition of the members as well deserved.
Members of the committee include the Chairman of the committee Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre, Haruna Jilantikiri of Madagali who is also the Vice Chairman of the committee and Majority Leader Kate Raymond Mamuno of Demsa, Yerima Moses of Michika, Babangida Muhammad Njidda of Nasarawo Binyeri and Yohanna Sahabo Jauro of Mubi South Constituencies as members.
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