The abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, have revealed that the person who gave them the business is within the residents of the community.
The bandits stated this while warning a negotiator against rescue moves by the vigilantes and other security agencies in the state.
In an audio record reportedly made available to the PUNCH, the bandits vowed to starve the abductees to death if the ransom they are demanding is not paid on time.
A leader of the bandits who spoke in the Hausa language in the reported audio said he was aware that many security agents and vehicles had been deployed in Kagara. He vowed that they will not succeed in the mission even in their hundreds, noting that they have informant within the residents.
He said: “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.
“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.
He added: “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.”
“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,”
The bandit leader mocked state governors who said they should not be paid a ransom. He said: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has confirmed an attack on Abayi Police Station in Aba, Abia State in which two officers were killed by hoodlums.
Naija News reports that the IGP in a statement on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba disclosed that about two hundred hoodlums invaded the Abayi Police Station on Tuesday and set it ablaze.