According to reports gotten from Sahara Reporters, the suspected Fulani herdsmen who abducted people, including University of Nigeria students traveling to Nsukka on Sunday along the Ugwuogo-Nike/Opi/Nsukka Road, have demanded a ransom of N300 million, Sources claim there were more than ten people abducted.
The gang apparently attacked the passengers while they were traveling in five different vehicles, Some of them narrowly escaped and Many of the passengers were University of Nigeria students who were returning to class after the eight-month suspension of teachers’ strike action and the subsequent start of academic activity.
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A relation of one of the victims while speaking with Sahara Reporters said on Wednesday night that the kidnappers had gotten in touch with his family and asked them to donate N300 million in order to guarantee the release of the victims. He claimed that there were seven kidnappers, all of them were Fulani.
According to him, the kidnappers turned down the N500,000 offered as ransom to free the students. Instead, they urged them to begin making funeral preparations if “we’ll even see their remains to bury.
“They are now threatening that they will kill all of them if the money is not complete.”
SaharaReporters also revealed that some passengers were killed a few metres from the military checkpoint along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road on Sunday.
The passengers were reportedly travelling in five vehicles when they were attacked by the gang. Some narrowly escaped.