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Lai: Terrorists’ threat to kidnap Buhari laughable

Minister of Information, Lai Mohamed, is not taking seriously threat made by terrorists to kidnap president Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai.

In a viral video released on July 24 by the group, they were also seen flogging captives in their camp, while threatening to sell them off as slaves if their demands are not met by the government.

While addressing journalists after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the minister said the threat is laughable.

“As to those who have issued threats to Mr. President, I think it’s more of propaganda than anything. It’s laughable,” he said.

The insurgent group is suspected to be behind the kidnapping of passengers from a Kaduna-bound train in March.

The gunmen had killed eight people, injured many, and kidnapped over 60 persons in the attack.

Eleven of 61 remaining victims were released “following negotiations” in June.

The insurgents have been known to target the road and rail routes between Abuja and Kaduna to kidnap people.

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