Greenfield University kidnapping

Greenfield University kidnapping
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Location Greenfield University, Kaduna, Nigeria
Coordinates 10°31′23″N 7°26′25″E / 10.52306°N 7.44028°E / 10.52306; 7.44028
Date 20 April 2021 (2021-04-20)
8:15 pm (UTC+01:00)
Attack type
Deaths 5 students, 1 staff
Victims 22

The Greenfield University kidnapping took place on 20 April 2021, when at least 20 students and 2 staff were kidnapped in Kasarami village, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria, during an attack by suspected armed bandits at Greenfield University. The remaining 14 students were released on 29 May 2021 after one month in captivity. This is Nigeria's fourth kidnapping from an academic institution in 2021, and the fifth since December 2020, coming five weeks and six days after the Afaka kidnapping, in which 39 students were abducted.


The attack occurred at 8:15 pm local time on 20 April 2021 at Greenfield University. Police authorities confirmed the abduction and said that the suspected armed bandits infiltrated the institution in large numbers and abducted the students, while killing one member of staff. The kidnappers demanded ₦800 million ransom.[1][2]


On 23 April 2021, the kidnappers killed three students in their captivity. The bodies of the dead students were found in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university.[3][4]

On 26 April 2021, two more kidnapped students of the university were killed.[5][6]


On 1 May 2021 one of the abducted students was released by the bandits, the release was said to have been made after his parents paid an undisclosed ransom[7] On 29 May 2021, after 40 days in captivity the remaining 14 students were freed. Their parents also said they paid a ransom of ₦150 million and eight brand new motorcycles to the bandits [8] [9]

See also


  1. ^ Samanga, Rufaro (22 April 2021). "Students from Nigeria's Greenfield University Abducted". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  2. ^ HassanWuyo, Ibrahim (21 April 2021). "UPDATED: Gunmen abduct 23 from Greenfield university Kaduna, demand N800m ransom". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  3. ^ HassanWuyo, Ibrahim (23 April 2021). "Bandits kill 3 abducted Greenfield university students ― Kaduna govt". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Three students abducted from Nigeria university found shot dead". Al Jazeera. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  5. ^ HassanWuyo, Ibrahim (26 April 2021). "BREAKING: Two more Greenfield University students killed in Kaduna". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  6. ^ "BREAKING: Bandits Kill Two More Abducted Greenfield University Students". Channels TV. 26 April 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Bandits Release One Abducted Kaduna Varsity Student". Channels Television. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Greenfield University: 14 Kidnapped Kaduna University students don regain freedom". bbc pidgin. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  9. ^ "14 Abducted Greenfield University Students, Staff Released". Channels Television. Retrieved 30 May 2021.

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