A video of students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna, Nigeria has surfaced online, with the students pleading for help after been kidnapped late Thursday.
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With the gun-wielding kidnappers dressed in military uniform standing behind him, one of the abducted male students says, “we’re calling on the government to come and rescue us, most of us here have been badly injured and time is going, most of us have health issues…These people have surrounded us saying if anybody comes to rescue us or do anything by force, they are going to take our lives,” he said with fear in his eyes.
The disturbing video clip goes ahead and shows the faces of the distraught students, seated on tree leaves who the Kaduna State Government put their number at 39, with one of the captors saying they want a 500 million naira ($1.31 million) ransom.
Meanwhile, as reported by Nigeria’s Channels Television, security forces said they have stepped up efforts to rescue the college students.
“A combined team of police, army and other security forces are in a frantic search for the kidnapped students,” state police spokesman Mohammadu Jalinge said.
“We are combing the surrounding forests and bushes with a view to freeing the hostages. Very soon, it will be over for the bandits.”
The gunmen had not made contacts with the authorities, he added.