Armed bandits affiliated to the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, have launched about 21 passengers kidnapped in Niger State.
The passengers on board a Niger State Transport Authority bus had been final Sunday kidnapped in Kundu village, close to Zungeru within the Yakila District of Rafi Native Authorities Space of the state.
The incident, in accordance with reviews, occurred round 3 pm when the bandits waited in ambush as the general public transport automobile bumped into the blockade.
A video launched by the group seen by SaharaReporters on Wednesday reveals the passengers begging the Nigerian authorities “to do one thing” about their launch.
Some kids and girls had been seen crying and pleading for the federal government to pay the N500 million ransom demanded by the group to facilitate their launch.
Additionally within the video, one of many gunmen may be heard talking in Hausa, dictating to the victims what to say.
The bandits as nicely displayed their arsenal of weapons in a present of power, threatening to kill their hostages if the federal government didn’t pay the ransom or tried to safe their launch by drive.
The Niger State Authorities nonetheless on Sunday confirmed the discharge of all of the passengers on its verified Twitter web page.
“The Niger State Authorities has succeeded in securing the discharge of all Abducted #RescueNSTAPassengers. Particulars shortly,” @GovNiger tweeted.
Boko Haram had in June 2020 launched a video and confirmed its hyperlink with the armed teams working within the North-West and North-Central a part of the nation.
Two months later, the group launched one other video the place its members had been gathered in an open subject mentioned to be situated in Niger State to have fun Eid-el Kabir, a Muslim pageant.
The footage additionally confirmed about three fighters sending Eid greetings in Hausa, English, and Fulfulde to viewers.