…’Payment of ransom has not stopped attacks since 2014′ – El-Rufa’i
Bandits have released a video of a pregnant student and others who were abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, in Afaka, Kaduna State.
Recall that the kidnapped students were abducted from their hostels in March.
In the 4-minute and 56 seconds video, shot at night in an unknown location, a bandit was heard speaking in Hausa and later Fulfulde asking some of the students to come forward and speak to the camera. The pregnant girl, who the bandits addressed as Hajiya, pleaded with their parents to rescue them.
Another woman, addressed as the wife of a military officer, who was also called up to speak, and was abducted from her home in Tirkania-Agwa, in Chikun LGA, said her husband is a Naval Officer working in Warri, Delta State, and urged the Federal Government to come to their rescue.
She also said the bandits had earlier requested for N30million for their release.
Meanwhile, the State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, has maintained his stance that he will not negotiate with kidnappers, saying payment of ransom to bandits will encourage criminal activities.
This came hours after an old video appeared on social media yesterday, wherein the governor asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to negotiate with the abductors of the Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014.
Speaking on the development, the state government said those peddling the narrative based on the 2014 interview don’t understand that the context has changed.
In a statement yesterday by the media aide to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, the State sympathised with the families of the students of Greenfield University who were killed by bandits.
The government, however, noted that the murder is a ploy to blackmail the administration into negotiating with the bandits.