A video has emerged of the remaining abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, pleading for rescue.
In the two minutes, 22 seconds video released on Tuesday, April 27, published by Daily Trust, the students, male and female, were seen sitting on the bare floor while their abductors could be seen standing behind them.
The video was recorded at night in a forest, and the terrorists were beaming torchlight on the distraught students who have spent 47 days in captivity.
They were made to speak in Hausa and English languages, appealing to their parents to do everything in their power to secure their release.
“We are suffering. Some of us are sick and we have not been feeding well” said Yahaya Paul, one of the students.
Benson Emmanuel, another victim who spoke in English made a plea saying, “We are tired of here, please come and help us get out of here.”
The students were among the 39 –23 females and 16 males– abducted on Friday, March 12 by the terrorists when they invaded the school located in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
HumAngle had reported the release of five of the students by the terrorists though the Nigerian Army claimed credit for their release.
The five students’ release, followed by another five, came on the heels of a threat by their parents that they would negotiate with the terrorists following insistence by Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor that his administration would not negotiate with the terrorists.
Weary by the long wait for their children’s release, the parents, on Monday, April 5, said they were ready to negotiate with the terrorists, saying “we cannot sit and do nothing.”
Sam Kambai, the head of the parents’ association, accused the government of not being proactive about rescuing their children from abductors.
“Today makes it 25 dreary and excruciatingly difficult days since our children have been in captivity,” Kambai said.
The video showing the abducted students came less than 24 hours after the bodies of two of 22 abducted students of Greenfield University University, Kaduna was found. The figure brings to five, the number of abducted students of the university executed by the terrorists.
On Tuesday, April 21, an armed group stormed Greenfield University and abducted 22 persons, consisting of students and staff of the university.