Mother and father of Nigeria kidnap victims plead for presidency assist By Reuters

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© Reuters. Mother and father of Federal School of Forestry Mechanization college students who’ve been kidnapped attend a gathering in Kaduna

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By Libby George and Bosan Yakusak

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – When Linda Peter final spoke to her daughter, the temporary cellphone name left her relieved {the teenager} was alive however distraught as a result of she couldn’t pay any ransom demanded.

Peter’s 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer, was amongst 39 college students kidnapped by gunmen on March 11 from a forestry faculty within the northwestern Nigerian state of Kaduna. The captors, who referred to as from {the teenager}’s cellphone, threatened to kill the male captives and pressure females into marriage, however didn’t specify the ransom sum sought.

“The federal government shouldn’t be doing something to assist these youngsters,” stated Peter, a widow and mom of 5 who sells greens for a dwelling however has not labored since her daughter was taken. “We do not have something,” she stated.

Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has repeatedly stated his state authorities is not going to negotiate with “bandits”, because the marauding legal gangs are identified, or pay ransoms.

Kidnapping for ransom has turn out to be an trade in restive northern Nigerian states the place over 700 folks have been kidnapped at training establishments since December. President Muhammadu Buhari in February informed state governments that “rewarding” such crimes with cash and automobiles, might “boomerang disastrously”.

Peter, confronted with the prospect of dropping her daughter, stated the federal government should do extra to free the scholars.

“I am offended with them,” she stated by means of tears of the Kaduna authorities, at a gathering of family whose family members have been taken in the identical raid.

Kaduna state’s safety commissioner, responding to the feedback, referred Reuters to an April 16 assertion.

“The governor will proceed to work laborious till banditry is contained, with out succumbing to emotional blackmail and gradual politicization of the unlucky state of affairs,” it stated.

A lot of the worry felt by Peter and different anxious mother and father on the assembly, held on Wednesday, stems from the killing of 5 college students who have been amongst round 17 folks kidnapped on April 21 from Greenfield College, elsewhere within the state.

Catherine Saleh, whose 29-year-old son Stephen Shuani was taken from the forestry faculty, stated she too had obtained calls from the abductors, initially demanding 500 million naira ($1.31 million) – an unattainable sum for the trainer with a 100,000 naira month-to-month wage – earlier than decreasing that to 50 million.

“We can’t elevate that cash,” she stated. “If I had the cash, I would not ship my youngster to that faculty.”

The lads purporting to be the captors informed her to name authorities officers to demand they negotiate with them, however she doesn’t know anybody to contact.

“These youngsters are between life and loss of life. They’ll shoot them at any time,” Saleh stated.

On the identical day because the assembly, Dorathy Yohanna, one of many useless Greenfield college students, was buried.

Her father, Yohanna Meck, stated he hoped state officers would be taught from the tragedy.

“Authorities needs to be proactive, they need to not simply maintain quiet,” he informed reporters after the funeral. “They need to be proactive to assist the state of affairs as a result of it is getting out of hand.”

($1 = 380.55 naira)

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