The video below which went viral on Social media websites Saturday show Nigerian students who were reportedly kidnapped from a college in northwest Nigeria begging to be rescued.
The video, said to be released by their captors, shows the students cowering on a forest floor as the armed captors hit them with sticks. One of the kidnapped students said the captors want a N500 million ($1.31 million) ransom.
Thirty nine students reportedly went missing overnight on Thursday after gunmen stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna state, the fourth school abduction in northern Nigeria since December.
The video below showed nearly 30 students begging for help in English and Hausa language.
“If anybody comes to rescue them without the money they are going to kill us,” a male student is heard saying in the video as a man with a gun stands behind him.
College Provost Bello Mohammed Usman and the mother of one kidnapped student on Saturday identified those shown in the video as some of the abducted students, including one pregnant woman, according to Reuters.
Earlier on Saturday, Kaduna state security commissioner Samuel Aruwan said nine more students were missing than previously thought – 23 females and 16 males.
“The Kaduna state government is maintaining close communication with the management of the college as efforts are sustained by security agencies towards the tracking of the missing students,” Aruwan said.
The armed gang broke into the school, located on the outskirts of Kaduna city near a military academy, at around 11:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Thursday, March 11.
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