Kidnappers of Kaduna College students release torture videos, demand N500m

Kidnappers of Kaduna College students release torture videos, demand N500m
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
March 14, 2021 

Screencapture of social media videos of the captured students, obtained from local sources. Fair use. 

According to videos released yesterday by gunmen, the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, who were kidnapped by bandits on Friday, seem to be experiencing torture and serious agony at the hands of their captors.

In the video clips, the students are half-naked, made to sit on the ground, and whipped by some of the hoodlums wielding AK 47.

The ladies in the same horror videos have only their wrappers tied across their chests while the men have only boxers or trousers on, covering their nakedness.

They are seen crying as they are being flogged mercilessly with koboko (horsewhip).

The video of the tortured captives was obtained by Republic Underground from social media. 

The bandits are demanding N500 million ransom while the students plead with the government to meet up with their request.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, obliged that government would not give room for bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists to decimate the nation’s education system.

In a post attached to two of the video clips released through the account of one Tasha Sandra, a mobile phone number was issued out as the only means of contacting the kidnappers.

The students, speaking in one voice in the video, said: “Our lives are in danger. Just give them what they want.”

One of the students, whose name is Benson Emmanuel, appealed to the government to “come and rescue us.”

He lamented, “Most of us here have been badly injured. 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 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.”

In another video, one of the students, who identified himself as Abubakar Yakubu, asked the government to come to their rescue by paying the N500 million requested by their abductors.

He said, “My name is Abubakar Yakubu, a student of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Kaduna. I am appealing to the Governor of Kaduna State, the state government, and Federal Government to come to our rescue.”

Another student appealed to the government to come to their rescue by paying the N500 million demanded by their Kidnappers.

“Please, we need your help. They are asking for N500 million,” she said.

It was also discovered that one of the captives named Maman Ahmed is six months pregnant.

She is seen in one of the videos saying in Hausa, “Salamu Alaikum, I am one of the students that were abducted from Forestry Mechanisation the day before yesterday.

“We are appealing to the government to help us. We heard they are saying that they will send soldiers to rescue us. We are urging them not to send anyone because they have said that if soldiers come, none of us will live.”

Another female student, Rose Okoye, was said to be preparing for her wedding when the criminals stormed the school…

The mother of one of the abductees, Mrs. Charity Nyam, confirmed to our newsmen that she saw her daughter being whipped in one of the videos.

She urged the government to act fast to get the captives out, saying they are poor parents and cannot raise the N500 million ransom.

Three videos have so far been released by the gunmen all through the Facebook accounts of the abductees.

According to reports, the bandits have already reached out to some of the parents to demand a ransom.

A credible source in the school confirmed that the kidnappers had called, demanding N500 million.

Some of the captives identified in the videos are Rose Okoye, Kauna Daniel, Blessing Babale, Regina John, Rachel Adejimo, Benson Emmanuel, Susan Jatau, Amina Yusuf Sale, Jamila Yusuf Sale, Sarah, and Maman Ahmed.

Some of the 180 students who were rescued on Friday by security men were escorted to the school by soldiers yesterday to pick their belongings.

They were driven into the school premises in military trucks.

Three of the female students were overcome by trauma on entering the school compound and they collapsed.

They were however resuscitated by their colleagues.

President Muhammadu Buhari while reacting to the kidnap of the students yesterday, said his administration would do everything humanly possible to defend the nation’s education institutions against bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists trying to destroy it.

The President who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the government needed the support of the general public to deal with the problem of insecurity.

According to him, a country’s safety depends much on the efficiency of its local intelligence network.

President Buhari commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government and the early response of the military which led to the rescue of 180 students including eight staff members but urged that the others declared missing be found and returned safely to their families.

The President also commended efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly thwarting the kidnappers.

“Our military may be efficient and well-armed, but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defense and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment,” the President said.

President Buhari expressed sympathy with the victims of this incident and hoped for an early end to the ordeal of those that were still held captive.

Thirty-nine students -23 females and 16 males- of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation were declared missing on Friday after bandits raided the institution in the latest attack on schools in the north by gunmen.

Soldiers who rushed to the school following the alarm raised by neighbors were able to rescue 180 others.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State revealed that the bandits targeted a different school for the attack but opted for the college of forestry mechanization after the government, acting on intelligence, deployed heavily armed security men to the secondary school.