The assailants who ambushed a Kaduna-bound train a month ago, murdering nine passengers and kidnapping numerous more, have posted two images of their prisoners.
Bilkisu Yero, a lecturer at Kaduna State University, shared the images on Facebook.
The photos, released on Monday, marked the third time the gunmen, known locally as bandits, had released evidence proving the abductees’ survival.
Until now, Nigerian authorities have been unable to determine the exact number of those kidnapped.
The gunmen earlier published two videos showing some of the passengers.
Despite repeated pleas from their family and other Nigerians for the government to arrange their release, the abductees have remained with the gunmen for a month.
In one of the photos, there were 23 abductees, mostly women and children. Among the children were two boys and three girls. The remaining 20 were all women.
Unlike the last video clip they released, the gunmen didn’t reveal the background on the pictures possibly to prevent their location from being tracked.
The gunmen used what looked like bed sheets to hide the natural background of the photos. The abductees were seated on a tarpaulin spread on the ground.
In the other photo, there were 17 men in two rows.