From Aminu Dalhatu (Kaduna)

Kaduna State Government has confirmed the kidnapped of unspecified number of students of Greenfield University situated at Kasarami, off the Kaduna – Abuja road in Chikun Local government of the state by armed bandits.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Security and Internal Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan says currently information on the actual number of students kidnapped is still being sought from the institution’s records.

According to the statement, last night, the Ministry of Security and Internal Affairs received distress calls of an attack by armed bandits on the University.

It says troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) and other operatives swiftly moved to the location and the armed bandits retreated.

The statement explains that, after search-and-rescue operations, a staff member of the university, Paul Ude Okafor, was confirmed to have been killed by the bandits, while a number of students were kidnapped.

The security operatives took custody of the remaining students who have been handed over to the institution, as at noon today, Wednesday 21st April 2021.

The statement says troops and other security operatives are working in the area, and the public will be informed of further developments.