20 students made up of 14 females and six males were said to have been captured by the terrorists during Tuesday night attack at Greenfield University, Kaduna.

Two female staff of the university were also abducted.

According to a relation of one of the students who spoke with the Nation,the abductors have made contacts with the families of the 20 students captured demanding N800 million as ransom.

The terrorists have also threatened to kill the students if the ransom is not paid.

The relation of one of the victim also claimed that the abductors have been beating the students, insisting on the urgency of the payment.

The abduction at Greenfield University was the second at a tertiary institution in Kaduna state since March.

On 11 March, 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, in Kaduna were also abducted. Ten of them have been released.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said in a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna that troops have been deployed to the area of the university.

Although Aruwan said the actual number of students kidnapped is still being sought from the institution’s records.

“Troops and other security operatives are working in the general area, and the public will be informed of further developments,” Aruwan said.