The two German archaeologists, Prof. Peter Breunij and Johannes Buringer, kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna has been rescued by the security agents.
This was announced by the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufia on Sunday as he commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the Germans. In an initial report, BuzzNigeria gathered that five gunmen had attacked and abducted the Germans at Jenjela village Kagarko local government of the state and killed two people who tried to foil the kidnap.
It was not clear how the state security agents were able to stage a rescue since there are no details on where the Germans archaeologists are being kept and whether any suspect was arrested.
However, our correspondent said the gunmen demanded a ransom of N60 million for the 65-year old Professor Breunig and his younger associate Behringer to be released. The Germans archaeologists were collaborating with Nigeria’s National Commission for Museum and Monuments to recover relics of the Nok culture. The early Iron Age people, considered the earliest ancient civilization of the West African region that is now Nigeria, are famous for their terracotta sculptures.
The ransom demand didn’t come as a surprise but one crucial question remains unanswered,as to whether the complete ransom was paid or not. It was gathered that shortly after the kidnap, acting President, Yemi Osinbajo had summoned the police chief for a briefing on police efforts to find the two German archaeologists taken captive.
While the German archaeologists – Prof. Breunij and Buringer where lucky to get out with their lives, another German man, Jurgen Gustav Kantner, held for three months by the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf armed group was beheaded on Sunday, February 26.
In a video reposted on Monday by the monitoring group SITE, the terrorists held the 70-year old on a grassy lot with a knife to his neck. According to Aljazeera, the many sectors, including the armed forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life; he was murdered because his ransom demands were not met.
Kantner was abducted on November 5 from his yatch by the armed group who also short and killed his 59-year old wife after she fought back and left her body in the boat.
Like the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Abu Sayyaf is a small but active group notorous for kidnapping, beheading, and extortion in the southern Philippine. They as believed to be holding a more hostages and released some in return for paid ransom.
Following the release of the video, the Philippine government issued a statement condemning the “barbaric” killing of the German hostage, while the presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza, confirmed that up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life.
“We all tried our best. But to no avail.”
These are the last words altered by Kantner: “Now, they’ll kill me.