The bandits who abducted 27 students and 12 staff of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, have threatened to starve the victims to death if the ransom they demand is not paid.
This was allegedly contained in an audio reportedly made available to The Punch on Wednesday by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.
“I don’t have food for them. If anybody dies among them, we will tell you where to go and pick the corpse.
“You know these children are hungry. I don’t have food to give them, only water if they are going to die, let them die,” the bandit stated.
The bandit leader rejected the N2.7million offered by the parent of the 27 school children.
The negotiator who is said to be an official of the school, noted that it would be difficult to get the phone numbers of the parents as requested by the bandits.
“You think I don’t know what you people are doing? I can tell you how many security vehicles are in Kagara as we speak,” the bandit said.
“It is with the help of the people of the city that intruders can overrun the city. Don’t you know that? The person who gave us this business is there among you. He is there with you. Wherever you go, he is watching you. If you want to do this deal, go ahead. From God we come and to him we will return
“Even if you put together the entire security forces of Nigeria in Kagara, I have eyes all over Kagara. Whichever step you take in Nigeria, I swear, I will know. You people are saying they should not pay us, that if they pay us, we will use to money to buy weapons. With whose money did we buy our weapons? If we don’t have weapons, you will just send security agents to kill us and take the children.”
The negotiator stated that the parents were ready to pay N100,000 each, making N2.7million for the 27 children.
“They (parents) have agreed to pay N2.7m. Each parent will pay N100,000 ,” the negotiator said.
Responding however, the bandit said; “If I want Kagara to be in peace, it will be in peace. If it is not going to be in peace, it will go in pieces from here until Ilorin. If I die in this process, I have children that I have instructed that if I die that I don’t want Kagara to be peaceful if you don’t do as I say. Even if I die, nobody will come into Kagara.”
“Governors are saying we should not be given money because we are going to use it to buy guns; guns that Allah provides and you are boasting about.
“In all of your (Niger State) madness, you are not up to Zamfara. It was compelled to accept our terms and talk less of small fries like you. You see, if you want to seek peace, seek peace and if you don’t stop the activities of vigilantes in Niger you will not know peace forever.”
“Your deploying security officials in Kagara is a waste of time. Is there a fence in this forest? You know we are not in the cities, we are in the forest.”
The negotiator however appealed to the bandits to have mercy.
“I pray that you assist me the way Allah has helped you. In fact, one of the parents has been on admission in hospital since the abduction,” the negotiator said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.