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Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by lalasticlala(m): 8:17am On Nov 18
Kaduna-Abuja Highway: Kidnappers Demand N270m Ransom To Release 9 ABU Students

Armed men who kidnapped some Nigerian French language students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, have demanded a cumulative sum of N270 million as their ransom.

One of the students among those in the bus but succeeded in escaping, Dickson Oko, told DailyTrust that the kidnappers had reached out to the families of the kidnapped students, demanding N30 million ransom on each.


Oko, who sustained a gunshot wound during the attack, said he was recuperating but was devastated by the thought of his colleagues in captivity.

He told Daily Trust that despite the gunshot wound, he was among those that ran out of the bus, leaving his phone and other belongings.

He, however, said when he returned to the bus after the attack, his phones and those of others were no longer there.

Oko and the bus driver, Nuruddeen Mohammed, told Daily Trust that 12 of them were on the bus but nine students were kidnapped.

Also, a female relative of one of the kidnapped students told the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service monitored in Kaduna that the kidnappers had reached out to the family demanding N30 million per student.

She pleaded with the kidnappers to have mercy and release the victims, saying they were only students.

The driver narrated to Daily Trust how he and three other students escaped the grip of the bandits in the Kaduna-Abuja highway kidnap incident.

The students, who were on their way to the French Village in Lagos for their language immersion programme, were trapped at the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the highway when gunmen blocked both lanes of the road and opened fire on motorists.

Meanwhile, the university has confirmed that eight people were kidnapped. But Mohammed, the driver, said he had 12 students in the bus – 10 females and two males.


He succeeded in evading the kidnappers and returned to Kaduna with three students while the whereabouts of the remaining nine were unknown.

Mohammed, a commercial driver stationed at Mando Park in Kawo, Kaduna, told our correspondents that they were trapped sometime around 3:10 pm at Busa, a few kilometres after Akilubu.

"Immediately they came on the road, the armed men opened fire. They shot two of the students on the bus, and we noticed that they had erected a roadblock behind us and another in front. There was another roadblock mounted on the other lane. So the only thing I could do was to stop."

He said with gunshots directed at their bus and other vehicles ahead of them; he suggested to the students to brace up and run, adding, "I opened the door and crawled into the grass. The gunshots were everywhere; the person on the passenger's seat in front also came down even though he was shot. I crossed onto the other lane. I never knew I would survive because there were gunshots directed at me."

He said he saw the gunmen open fire at a Gulf car with people in it. He said the attack, which scared him, aided his decision to run.

"I can't say how many people were killed but what scared me was how they opened fire at the Gulf car even though it had stopped and there were people in it. But the bandits opened fire and kept shooting. That was when I decided that it was better they killed me while on the run than face a gruesome fate in the vehicle," he added.

Mohammed, however, explained that when he returned to the roadside, soldiers had arrived and engaged the bandits in a shootout, adding that he went to Katari Police Station to make a statement as soon as the situation calmed down.

"While making the statement, one of my passengers who had a baby came and said that she couldn't believe that I survived because they all thought bullets had hit me.

"She was trembling and told the police that when the soldiers came, the bandits formed two groups; one went with several kidnapped victims into the bush, while the other bandits stayed back to engage the security agents in an attempt to distract them," he said.

According to Mohammed, two other students had been found, including the student on the passenger's seat who sustained a gunshot wound, adding that "the woman confirmed that the bandits left with nine of the students while we took the three who escaped to the hospital and I came back to Kaduna with them on Monday."

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said yesterday that bandits had been degraded in the country.

He was responding to the concern raised by a security analyst and Daily Trust columnist, Barrister Bulama Bukarti, over the activities of the bandits in the northwestern part of the country.

Dingyadi, while briefing reporters after the quarterly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said bandits had been subdued and that they would not recover.

Bukarti had featured in a live Instagram programme hosted by Daily Trust on Monday where he expressed fears that the bandits may become too powerful to be reined in if care was not taken.

"These bandits have already been degraded. So, there is no way they can resuscitate themselves and take over. I think they have already been degraded; what they are doing is just a hit-and-run kind of tactics. So, we don't see any sign of them coming to take over or overpower. I think they have been well degraded and they are just trying to show their presence in a very cowardly manner," he said.

The minister, while reacting to the concerns that police had abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna road and the plans to ensure peace returned to the route, said it was an overstatement to insinuate that security agents had deserted the highway.

He said the reported cases of attacks along the route should not be interpreted that bandits had taken over despite the 24-hour patrol being jointly done by the police and the military.

"Once a small thing happens in a particular place like this Kaduna, we begin to talk about the lack of security in that area. That place is being monitored 24 hours. There are police and the army who are on a kind of joint patrol on a 24 hours basis.

"We also have our separate police formation that is also on that road. I think it is an overstatement to say that that place is not being secured. People are still following it.

"We agree that there have been cases of attacks, but these are normal things these people do whenever they have an opportunity, and we are equal to the task.

"Whenever this kind of thing happens, we pursue them like what happened just two days ago; those people were rescued. So, police and security personnel will continue to monitor this road and all other places to ensure that peace is to a very large extent maintained in the area," he stated.

https://dailytrust.com/kidnappers-demand-n270m-ransom-for-9-abu-students

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by pepperdemzombie: 8:20am On Nov 18
May Everlasting sadness be the portion of you and your entire households.
As many of you that gather together to make families weep, you will have every reason to weep everyday of your life.
Useless people!

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Sunnycliff(m): 8:21am On Nov 18
Congratulations Buhari

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by leisuretym: 8:22am On Nov 18
Kick these illegal immigrants out of Nigeria now , too many aliens in bad businesses.
Register the youth and empower them.
Don't allow this problem to spread to Lagos

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by TOPCRUISE(m): 8:22am On Nov 18
30 million naira each. Are we in the era of slavery. Public Universities are not cautious in unsecured areas

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Madibah(m): 8:22am On Nov 18
damn mehn
30m each
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by adesmarty: 8:22am On Nov 18
Sad
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by lekki1444: 8:22am On Nov 18
cheesy kidnapper wan buy manshun for banana island

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by GIANTPLUSHUB: 8:23am On Nov 18
Mheen! Quite pathetic how we found ourselves here.
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by sylve11: 8:23am On Nov 18
quote author=lalasticlala post=96163832]Kaduna-Abuja Highway: Kidnappers Demand N270m Ransom To Release 9 ABU Students

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said yesterday that bandits had been degraded in the country.


https://dailytrust.com/kidnappers-demand-n270m-ransom-for-9-abu-students[/quote]


See as them fall Muhammad Dungyadi hands.... grin cool

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by superCleanworks(m): 8:23am On Nov 18
30 MILLION EACH

AND THIS IS THE SAME COUNTRY WE SLEEP AND WAKE UP IN.

TO GO OUT AND COME BACK HOME SAFELY IN THIS COUNTRY IS A BIG MIRACLE.

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by sammysneh(m): 8:23am On Nov 18
What a country, Instead of the government to claim down on the insecurity dey are after end sars protesters

The government has failed Nigerians, kidnappers are moving without fear because the police no longer do their job
Even the police in Nigeria are been kidnapped not to take of the ordinary civilian, it's quite sad...

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Rilwayne001: 8:23am On Nov 18
Same northerners would still defend Buhari with their last breath. Smh
Security situation has never been this horrible like under this ineptitude sleepy Buhari.

Sack Burantai and other security chiefs, at least they've been there for over 5years and security situations has rather deteriorated rather than improve, baba refused.

I don't know, I think there's a demon influencing this foolish government to continue making foolish decisions. Smh

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by aminusodiq(m): 8:23am On Nov 18
Next level grin angry angry grin grin grin grin

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by SmartPolician: 8:24am On Nov 18
N270 million?

Are they Buhari's children?

I thought they said that northerners don't have criminals and are not greedy either.

What changed?

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Samylekey(m): 8:24am On Nov 18
270 what!!!!!!
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Primusinterpares(m): 8:24am On Nov 18
This country is out of hand already.
Citizens now see terrorism , banditry, kidnapping and other vices as The New normal.
Many people believe terrorism is the language the government understands

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Pio44: 8:24am On Nov 18
Omo is too much, since dem born I never hear good news for Nigeria

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Benesis: 8:24am On Nov 18
Ubok Abasii !!!!

untop weytin ??
na im dem no go find buhari or dangote pikin kidnap, their parents get that kind money na im the pikin no go skol for jannn ?

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Antoeni(m): 8:25am On Nov 18
Honestly I See No Problem in Nigeria o
Every thing is Working Fine.
Boko haram has been Defeated, even bandits have been Destroyed. No more insecurity.
Fuel is Cheap. Universities are in session.
Youths are well Employed and Well paid..
There is Enough Food to Eat..
Roads are Good.. Good Healthcare is available
State Governors Are Doing Marvelously Well
To God be the Glory

Is there Any Work I Forgot to add?
Please Add

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Amspecial: 8:25am On Nov 18
angry
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by DropsMic(m): 8:25am On Nov 18
Even God has forsaken Nigeria
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Kingjay007: 8:25am On Nov 18
Naija ehnn.. terrorists wud just be billing.

"You get sure client.. Lock am"
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Englov(m): 8:25am On Nov 18
Ok



Why are these kidnappers too greedy?


In this hard times and they are making such demand.

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Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Zyxzzzz: 8:25am On Nov 18
270m ke
Re: Kidnappers Of 9 ABU Students Demand N270m Ransom by Donspicey: 8:26am On Nov 18
Make we see how Hell rufire go handle dis one....
Arrewa over to you........

Bmc Zombies e don set ooooo

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