Gunmen who abducted 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state have demanded N500 million for their release.
According to Daily Trust, three parents of some of the abducted students have confirmed that the abductors have reached out and made a demand of N500 million.
This is also as the kidnappers have released three videos showing the students in what appeared to be a forest.
The Kaduna State Government is yet to respond to the videos and ransom demand as the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to his phone.
However, in an interview with Channels TV, Governor Nasir El-Rufai ruled out the possibility of paying ransom or negotiating with the bandits.
Using the abducted students Facebook accounts, their abductors released three videos showing them surrounded by gunmen in Military uniform.
Some of the students earlier rescued from the college confirmed the identities of their friends and schoolmates in the videos.
In the first footage released on Friday at 1:07pm, 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.
Kelvita appealed to the Nigerian government to come to their rescue by paying the N500 million demanded by their abductors.