KADUNA, 21 April 2021 -.Unidentified gunmen have abducted a large number of students from a university in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.
The students were abducted from their dormitories at Greenfield University on the outskirts of the state capital, Kaduna, according to the state spokesperson for the police, Muhammad Jalige.
Assailants fired several shots as they carried out the abductions on Tuesday night, according to reports by residents who live next door to the dormitories.
One security guard at Greenfield University was killed during the attack and two others were injured according to reports.
“Many” male and female students were abducted, Jalige confirmed, providing no rough estimate of how many students are believed to be in captivity.
One news report identified one of the students seen on a video posted by the kidnappers as being six months pregnant.
Screengrab pictures from the video published Wednesday by Nigerian newspapers show most of the female students wearing a lion as the only piece of clothing, tied above their breasts.
Some of the male students are shirtless, wearing shorts they were probably sleeping in at the time they were abducted and led away from their dormitories.
Pictures show that the first gunmen gained access to the campus and raided dormitories by drilling a hole through a part of the walls surrounding the Greenfield University campus.
State officials were still in the process of conducting a headcount of “missing” students late on Wednesday, with newspaper reports suggesting that dozens of students are in captivity, based on the video released by the kidnappers and ransom seekers.
Since December 2020, as many as 800 students, teachers, and school staff have been abducted by armed gangs.
The kidnappers generally hold their victims in captivity until they are paid a ransom in exchange for their release.
A majority of the over 800 students and teachers have been released except for 29 students abducted last March from a forestry college who remain in captivity.