Abductors of Kaduna students release video, demand N500m ransom

The gunmen who kidnapped 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state have released a video showing the students in what appeared to be a forest.

This is as the abductors demand N500 million for their release.

Using the abducted students Facebook accounts, the gunmen released three videos showing the students surrounded by men military uniform brandishing weapons.

In the first footage released on Friday through the Facebook account of one Kelvita K. Dan, the gunmen pointed at a man in a red shirt and asked him to speak. “My name is Abubakar Yakubu,” he said.

“A student of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Kaduna. I am appealing to the Governor of Kaduna state, the state government and Federal government,” before the 30 seconds video ended.

One Miracle Jacob, one of the students earlier rescued by the military, identified 11 of the abducted students from the video and gave their names as:

  • Rose Okoye,
  • Kauna Daniel,
  • Blessing Babale,
  • Regina John,
  • Rachel Adejimo,
  • Benson Emmanuel,
  • Susan Jatau,
  • Amina Yusuf Sale,
  • Jamila Yusuf Sale,
  • Sarah and Maman Ahmed.

In the second video posted on Saturday, the gunmen were seen flogging the students while they screamed and appealed to the government to come to their rescue.

Earlier in an interview on ChannelsTV, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State indicated that his administration was willing to negotiate with the abductors.

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