Bandits kidnap passengers along Katsina-Jibia Road hours after releasing video of them flogging Abuja-Kaduna train victims

Bandits on Sunday have blocked the Katsina-Jibia road  shot dead the driver of the Katsina State Transport Authority, KSTA bus and kidnapped the passengers.

This came some hours after  ISWAP-Boko Haram terrorists released the video of them flogging the remaining Abuja-Kaduna train victims.

A reliable source, who witnessed the attack, said he saw several people with gunshot wounds when the gunmen opened fire on a commercial bus belonging to the Katsina State Transport Authority (KSTA) and other vehicles plying the road.

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According to him, the driver of the state-owned commercial coaster bus, with registration number KT 14D-58 KT was among the three people killed during the attack.

He added that the gunmen also stormed a village called Farun Bala where they also rustled cows and carted away other items belonging to the villagers.

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“The gunmen blocked the Katsina-Jibia road when they commenced operation, and vehicles plying the road were forced to stop. It happened on Jibia weekly market day which usually makes the road very busy.

“The gunmen also forced several passengers in four vehicles into the forest,” he narrated.

Meanwhile, The abductors of the abducted Kaduna-Abuja train passengers have released another video where the victims were being flogged by the terrorists.

One of the victims, a male said the terrorists don’t plan to keep them hostage for more than a week, except for the laxity of the Federal Government in paying up the demanded ransom.

He also called on the international community and the United Nations to come to their rescue as the Nigerian government was not showing any interest in setting them free.


One of the terrorists in the video vowed to abduct the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai and other prominent Nigerians and destabilise the country if their demands were not met.

The terrorists also threatened to kill and sell off some of the remaining Kaduna-Abuja train passengers in their custody.

He said, “This is our message to the government of Nigeria and just as you have seen these people here, by God’s grace, you will see your leaders; your senators and governors will come before us. These ones you are seeing here, we will keep some as our slaves and sell them off just as our Imam told you in the past.

“Just like the Chibok girls that were sold off, we will equally sell these ones as slaves. If you don’t adhere to our demands, we will kill the ones we need to kill and sell the remaining. By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we will bring you here.”

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