The self acclaimed bandit terrorists that attacked, killed and kidnapped passengers on March 28, 2022, released a video with one of their victims, Alwan Hassan, MD Bank of Agriculture. In it, they boasted that Nigerians haven’t seen anything yet, that the Federal Government knows what they want, and until they negotiate with them, (the terrorists), they won’t stop.
The threat from the terrorists is a slap on the face of Nigeria, a country with a military that led the ECOMOG in bringing peace and security to West Africa.
TRANSLATION FROM HAUSA TO ENGLISH
BANDIT #1: We are the Bandits that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train some time ago and seized numerous hostages. This hostage with us, because of his old age and pleas, and in the spirit of the month of Ramadan, we took pity on him. We have brought him out of the deep forest and we’ll let him go free – we’ll hand him over to his relatives. But this government should know what’s up. This is nothing, we just pitied the old man. We are going to give him the opportunity to speak, in case he has more things to explain. Listen to him:
HOSTAGE: Greetings. I want to let you know that the bandits have pitied me because of my age and they have brought me out here. I want to let you know that I have left behind in captivity numerous hostages and they will need a lot of help to get out quickly. So I hope the government will meet the leadership of these bandits and sit and negotiate with them in other for the rest of the hostages to be released.
BANDIT #2: This thing we are telling you is for certain. Either you give in to our demands or we will deal with all the hostages – to kill them off is a very small thing to us. And you know very well that it’s not your money that we want because if it’s money that we want we wouldn’t even have to go to this extent (bombing the train). You know exactly what we want. You better shape up and do exactly what we want.
However, contrary to the claim of the terrorists in the video that no ransom was paid, the family of the abducted managing director of Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, allegedly had to pay a huge sum of N100m to secure his release, close family sources revealed.
Hassan was released on Wednesday after spending about 10 days in captivity, following his abduction alongside hundreds of passengers of Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28.
According to the source, the kidnappers earlier sent the family the video of the harrowing experience the captives were facing, including Mr Hassan, in order to raise the ransom stake.
“A few days earlier, they sent the video of their harrowing condition in order to raise their stake.
Alwan was always saying ‘give them whatever amount they want’. So the family gave them what they insisted on… that is N100million,” said one of the family sources.
According to the source, the kidnappers first asked the family to take the money to a forest in Katsina on Tuesday before asking them to make a detour to another forest in Kaduna.
The source added that after the family emissaries journeyed for hours in the bush, the gunmen appeared fully armed in their hundreds and collected the money.
COMMENT – OMG……these guys are either current military operatives or retired……or could they all been having some form of collaboration with the military?
At the background are faulty or broken down military artillery armoured tanks?
Surely top military brass must speak publicly to this as urgent.
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