The 27 kidnapped college students of the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, who had been reunited with their households after 56 days in captivity, have shared ugly experiences within the arms of the bandits.
The freed college students lamented on Friday that among the bandits are foreigners, including that all of them vowed to make Kaduna State unsafe till the federal government was able to “settle with them.”
Tears of pleasure flowed freely from each mother and father and their youngsters.
At about 3pm, the whole premises of the school, situated alongside the Kaduna Worldwide Airport, reverse the Nigerian Defence Academy, erupted in jubilation as heavily-armed policemen had been escorting the scholars in firm with the state Commissioner for Inside Safety and House Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri.
Narrating their ordeal within the kidnappers’ den, one of many freed college students, Pamela Ibrahim, mentioned the bandits mentioned their grouse was with the federal government and vowed to unleash hell on Kaduna State.
Ibrahim mentioned, “Earlier than they launched us, the abductors advised us that they didn’t have something towards us (college students). They mentioned they kidnapped us as a result of they wanted the federal government to settle issues with them and wished to be educated like different Nigerians. They want work and homes too.
“They mentioned if the federal government doesn’t settle with them, they may proceed to ensure that Kaduna State is unsafe. They mentioned they meant it. A few of them are Nigerians, others are foreigners. They spoke primarily Fulani (language) and Hausa.
“There was an previous man amongst them who prevented others from harassing us and anytime he was not round, we had been crushed and insulted.”
One other scholar, Zakariya Magaji, described the abductors’ den as hell, saying he would by no means want the expertise for his enemies.
“The bandits want prayers. All that we’ve to do is to hope for them for God to the touch their hearts. As for me, I’ve forgiven them for no matter we went via of their arms. The expertise was hell.”
One other feminine scholar, Sarah Sunday, mentioned she and her colleagues had been subjected to all kinds of dehumanising circumstances, together with not being allowed to take a shower whereas within the bandits’ den.
Sunday mentioned, “Numerous issues occurred whereas we had been there. We had been subjected to starvation. We had been subjected to trekking and all kinds of dehumanising experiences. We had been insulted however fortunately, they didn’t molest or kill any of us. They solely beat us on the primary day once they did a video of us.”
Requested in the event that they had been fed in any respect, Sunday mentioned, “The boys used to go and fetch water for us to cook dinner. We cooked tuwo with miyan kuka, and tuwo with dry okra. We solely cooked rice as soon as, and we cooked spaghetti as soon as too.”
When requested whether or not the abductors used to go away them to exit for different operations, Sarah mentioned, “Sure, they used to exit, however they all the time left a few of their armed members to stick with us.
“Even our male colleagues who used to go and fetch water had been all the time escorted to the stream by gang members bearing AK-47 rifles.”
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