Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted some students during an attack on a private university in Kaduna state on Tuesday night.
The academic institution, Green Field University, is located along the Kaduna–Abuja Highway in Chikun Local Government Area.
The latest incident is the first major attack that bandits will launch on communities around the Kaduna-Abuja Highway
Since the deployment of 300 female soldiers to the general area in January this year.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
However, eyewitnesses, said the gunmen stormed the university last night and started shooting sporadically, before abducting students.
The locals said that the university with about forty students population does not have enough security on the ground;
despite being located in one of the epicentres of kidnapping, which made it easier for bandits to gain easy access
In recent time, Kaduna has been facing series of attacks by bandits including assaults on schools.
On 11th March, they attacked Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Igabi LGA of the state, kidnapped 39 students.
While releasing ten out of the number, the fate of the remaining ones still hangs in the balance
Governor Nasir El-Rufai Comment on Gunmen Attack
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has repeatedly insisted his government will not pay ransom to the kidnappers despite pleas by the parents of the abducted students.
The former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) believes the renewed attacks on the northwestern state is due to his governments’ stance that it would not negotiate with bandits.
“We will not give them any money and they will not make any profit from Kaduna; anyone that comes to Kaduna will not get a penny from the state government, except he will get a bullet instead,” the governor added when he spoke in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on April 4th.