Bandits have threatened to kill abducted students of the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Bakura in Zamfara State.
According to the bandits, the students will be killed within 24 hours; if their N350 million ransom demand is not met.
The abducted students disclosed this in a plea on Wednesday, August 18, to the Zamfara State Governor, Governor Bello Matawalle, and his government.
The abductees, in a short video, said the bandits charged them to push for the payment of the ransom; or be killed within 24 hours.
The kidnapped students said they “were taken to a site filled with bodies of victims killed; because they were unable to pay their ransom; this is what will happen if we can not pay them.”
The Zamfara college students recently abducted by the bandits include Isma’il Lawali, Salim Salisu, Kabiru Lawali, Yasir Lawali, Awaisu Jabir, Aminu Umar, Abba Aliyu, Aminu Adamu, Usman Umar, and Umar Haruna.
Others are Usama Lukman, Abdurahman Lukman, Junaidu Yunusa, Abdullahi Bala and Jamilu Kwatarkwashi.
The staff abducted are Mustapha Abdullahi Mafara, Nusaiba Gambo, Hannatu Gambo, and Hibbatu Gambo.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government on Wednesday, August 18, said it had set up a special team to stop street begging; as well as hawking in the state.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, said this at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos.
Dawodu also said the Special Team was set up by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development; in conjunction with the Police Command to curb the menace.
“The special team will tackle the menace frontally; and would also commence operation in the next few days,” he said.
The commissioner said the task of the team was not only to sanitise the society; but also restore the dignity of the hawkers and beggars.
Dawodu said beggars on the streets as well as roads constituted considerable nuisance to law-abiding citizens; who were entitled to go about their businesses without any fear or hindrance.
According to him, street begging is a social vice that the government cannot afford to watch attain uncontrollable level; in order not to affect the good plans and programmes to transform the state.