They were among 20 students and three staff members abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna, northwestern Nigeria last Tuesday.
The state governor of Kathuna, Nasir al-Rufai, has been unwavering in his stand against negotiations with the kidnappers.
Aruvan said in the statement that “the government of Kaduna state, led by Malam Nasir al-Rufai, is saddened by this evil against the kidnapped innocent students while pursuing their education for a glorious future.”
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday described the incidents of kidnapping and murder in Kaduna state as a “barbaric terrorist attack”.
Kidnapping for ransom has increased in Kaduna and other parts of northern Nigeria, as criminal gangs target schools that are considered unsafe.