Three students kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna state shot dead

YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Three students who were kidnapped by armed men earlier this week in northwest Nigeria’s restive Kaduna state were shot dead, a state official said on Friday.

On Tuesday, armed bandits took an unknown number of students from Greenfield University and killed a staff member, the latest in a series of kidnappings at educational institutions in the country.

Armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University in Kaduna have shot dead three of the captives, a state official said. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The numbers of those abducted from the university have not yet been confirmed by authorities.

“The armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University, have shot dead three of the abducted students,” Kaduna state’s internal security and home affairs commissioner, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement.

Aruwan added that the remains of three students had been discovered on Friday.

Armed groups referred to as “bandits” have frequently carried out kidnappings in Nigeria for ransom payments. Since December, hundreds of schoolchildren have been abducted highlighting the country’s deteriorating security situation.

Last month, several students were taken from a forestry college on the outskirts of Kaduna city by attackers despite the compound’s proximity to a military academy.

The spate of kidnappings forced authorities in six northern states to close down public schools to prevent further attacks.

In February, President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to state governments to “review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles, warning that the policy might backfire with disastrous consequences.

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