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Terror Group Demands N500 Million For Abducted Kaduna Students

The terrorists behind the abduction of at least 39 students in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, have released a video showing captives, and are also asking for ransom.

The terror group responsible for the abduction of at least 39 students in Kaduna, are demanding N500 million for the release of the students. 

Around midnight, between Thursday and Friday, armed assailants raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, and abducted students from the school in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria. 

Three parents of some of the abducted students confirmed to Daily Trust that the abductors reached out and have made a demand of N500 million.

A video released on Saturday showed the traumatised hostages with a number of their abductors moving around with assault rifles. The guards were also seen whipping some of the students. 

The students pleaded for the government to free them but also warned that their lives were in danger if security forces came close. 

Kaduna state police spokesman told AFP that a rescue operation was underway to secure the students. 

“A combined team of police, army and other security forces are in a frantic search for the kidnapped students,” Mohammadu Jalinge, the state police spokesman said. 

The Cable quoted one of the abductees, who identified himself as Benson Emmanuel, saying some of the hostages needed medical attention.

“My name is Benson Emmanuel, from forestry mobilisation. We appeal to the government to come and rescue us. Most of us here have been badly injured,” Emmanuel said.

“Time is going. Most of us here are having health issues and they are complaining about the government trying to send security operatives to come and rescue us from here, which is almost impossible. Because these people have surrounded us, saying [that] anybody that comes from anywhere to come and rescue us or do anything by force, they are going to take our lives.”

“We are appealing to the government to come now because these people have a bad mind towards us,” Emmanuel pleaded.

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