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.
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.