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Nigeria: Muslims flog kidnap victims, threaten to sell them as slaves, captive says government doesn’t care

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The jihadis threatened to sell their captives as slaves. This is one of the options Islamic law allows: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” — Al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance).

“Terrorists flog kidnapped train victims in fresh video,” by Johnbosco Agbakwuru and Ibrahim Hassan, Vanguard, July 25, 2022:

The Presidency, yesterday, said the country’s security and defence forces were battle ready to deal with the terrorists wherever they were.

This came as terrorists, suspected to be members of Boko Haram, threatened to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.

The insurgents had in a new viral video released weekend, flogged the remaining 41 passengers abducted aboard the Abuja-Kaduna train attacked on March 28, 2022, and threatened that the hapless victims in their den would be sold off as slaves, if their demands were not met by the government….

Speaking in Hausa, leader of the terrorists said the authorities must meet their demands to avoid killing some of the captives.

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 and Buhari, we will bring them here.”

In the new video, the victims were seen crying, following the severe floggings they received from the terrorists.

An elderly woman, among the captives, was shown crying and pleading with the government to come to their immediate rescue, saying they didn’t  know what they had done to deserve such inhuman treatment.

One of the captives, who appeared so weak and distressed, spoke in Hausa on behalf of other victims, alleging that the government was insensitive to their plight.

He said: “ I am one of those involved in the train mishap. That train belonged to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The government has the responsibility to rescue us, but has failed.

“We called on our relations who were willing to rescue us but the Nigerian government, due to insensitivity to our plight, did not allow our relations to rescue us ….

Amid wailing from the terrible beating meted out on the captives, one of the terrorists said in Hausa that the Nigerian government should be blamed for what was happening to the captives.

The terrorists, wielding an AK-47 rifles, who was flanked by his colleagues, all armed, with some having their faces concealed, said what was happening was the result of what a bad mother (Nigeria) had caused her children.

The terrorist said: “You should understand, look properly it’s not our intention to do this but it’s the outcome of what the Nigerian government is doing, setting up a committee, a tea party in Kaduna, to deliberate on how to rescue these people. They are there, enjoying the tea.

“You should know that there is nothing the committee can do.  They can’t do anything. Are you not relying on guns?  Your aircraft and your guns are like spider web to Allah.  We are for Allah, we are doing it for Allah. We are not afraid of anybody.

“You should know that this is a little you’ve seen. Know that, if our demands are not met, this place will become an abattoir.”

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