Three months after the abduction of some Kaduna-Abuja train passengers, the perpetrators have now released a brief video clip; beating up their terrified victims, while vowing to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai.
Giving an account of the abductors probable move, a victim explained that the kidnappers were running out of patience; stating that the remaining hostages could be killed before next week, except the Federal Government pay up the demanded ransom fee.
The victim also called on the United Nations and international community at large to come to their rescue.
The two minutes fifty seconds clip showed one of the abductors vowing to abduct other prominent citizens of Nigeria; kill and sell-off the remaining victims, if their demands are not met. Threats were also made to destabilise the country.
‘This is our message to the government of Nigeria and just as you have seen these people here, by God’s grace, you will see your leaders; your senators and governors will come before us. These ones you are seeing here, we will keep some as our slaves and sell them off just as our Imam told you in the past.
‘Just like the Chibok girls that were sold off, we will equally sell these ones as slaves. If you don’t adhere to our demands, we will kill the ones we need to kill and sell the remaining. By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we will bring you here,’ one of the abductors said.
On March 28, 2022, a train plying the Kaduna-Abuja route was attacked by unknown gunmen; who killed eight and kidnapped more than sixty passengers.
The weeks that followed however saw the release of Alwan Hassan, the Managing Director of the Bank of the Agriculture, after a ransom of 100 million naira was paid. Negotiator Mamu Tukur also confirmed the release of 11 abductees, while a ransom of 800 million naira was paid to secure the release of seven more victims on July 9.
43 victims still in the kidnappers den have been told to pay 100 million naira each for their release.