The Kaduna State Government has released fresh information about the attack by armed bandits on Greenfield University, a private tertiary institution at Kasarami, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun LGA, on Tuesday night.
One member of staff was killed and unknown number of students abducted, the government revealed.
Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security in the State, disclosed that the bandits retreated when troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) and other security agencies arrived at the scene.
“After search-and-rescue operations, a staff member of the university, Paul Ude Okafor, was confirmed to have been killed by the armed bandits, while a number of students were kidnapped,” Aruwan stated.
“The security operatives took custody of the remaining students who have been handed over to the institution, as of noon today, Wednesday 21st April, 2021.”
He added that actual number of students abducted was still being sought from the institution’s record.
With 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Igabi LGA abducted and 34 still being held hostage, the state government appear to be controlling the flow of information from Greenfield University.
Simon Nwakacha, an official of the school, declined to tell FIJ the number of students in its custody and those abducted.
“If there are other questions, direct it to Aruwa, that is the mandate we were given,” Nwakacha said.
The school’s official earlier told FIJ that “things were dicey”.
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