Parents and relatives of the 16 remaining kidnapped students and three members of the staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna, said yesterday that they have run out of cash to pay as ransom after already sending N60 million to the abductors.
The bandits are insisting on collecting the balance of N100 million for them to release their captives.
The traumatised parents, who gathered for another prayer session in Kaduna for the safe return of the abductees yesterday, pleaded with the federal government to assist them in getting freedom for the students.
They said the cumulative ransom of N160 million demanded by the gunmen is beyond them (parents).
They said the innocent students have already spent 24 troubled days in the kidnappers’ den.
The Chairman, Marcus Yari, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to do all within his power to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.
According to him, the kidnappers are demanding the sum of N10 million for each of the 16 students, making N160 million, even after the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom.
Yari said having exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, “we the parents are appealing to the Federal Government to assist us to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of our children.”
He added: “The same strategy that was adopted to rescue the kidnapped students in Jangebe, Zamfara State, Kankara in Katsina State, Kagara in Niger State and Afaka in Kaduna State should be adopted by the Federal Government to rescue our children too, because they are also Nigerians.”
Among those kidnapped by the bandits is a woman whose daughter, Esther Chukwuemeka, joined in praying for the release of the abducted persons.
Esther said that her mother’s absence has created a vacuum in their family and appealed to the bandits to release her mother.