April 21, officials in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna confirmed that Greenfield University in the state was attacked by armed men on the evening of the 20th local time, killing one of its employees and abducting an unknown number of students.
Kaduna State Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruvan 21, said that local time on the 20th at 20:30 received a call for help, rescue workers said armed bandits are attacking Greenfield University, the Nepal Army forces and other security agencies immediately deployed to the university.
Upon arrival, the kidnappers had fled, a school employee had been killed and an unknown number of students had been abducted, the exact number of whom is still being determined.
The University of Greenfield is the first private university in Kaduna state, established three years ago, along the road from Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna state, to Abuja, the capital of Nepal, about 30 kilometres from Kaduna city.
Kidnapping is one of Nigeria’s most serious security problems, and since December 2020 armed kidnappers have repeatedly attacked primary and secondary schools in several states in northern and north-western Nepal, abducting some 700 teachers and students.
On 11 March, 39 students were abducted and 10 have been released and the rest are still in the hands of the kidnappers following an attack on the Federal Forestry Mechanization Institute in Kaduna State.