Three students abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna state have been found dead.
Gunmen had attacked the institution on Tuesday and abducted some students.
The state is yet to confirm the exact number of students taken hostage.
Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs, said the bandits who attacked the school killed three of the students.
A statement he issued on Friday read: “In an act of mindless evil and sheer wickedness, the armed bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University, have shot dead three of the abducted students.
“The armed bandits on Tuesday night kidnapped an unspecified number of students at the institution located at Kasarami village off Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun LGA.
“The remains of three students were found today (Friday), in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university and have been evacuated to a mortuary by the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, and Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lt.Col. MH Abdullahi.”
Aruwan also said Nasir el-Rufai, the state governor, described the killing of the students as “sheer wickedness, inhumanity and an outright desecration of human lives by vile entities.”
El-Rufai said the bandits “represent the worst of humankind and must be fought at all cost for the violent wickedness they represent.”
“Evil would not triumph over God-given humanity,” the governor added, and further appealed to citizens to come together against “the forces of darkness challenging the very existence of the Nigerian State.”
The invasion of the university is the third time bandits were attacking a school in Kaduna in 2021.
Twenty-nine of the students they abducted from Federal College of Forestry and Mechanisation in Afaka are still being held.