… How the victims tell their experience
Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has said that students and staff from Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, kidnapped by bandits last Wednesday were being held in Birni Gwari, Kaduna State, by their kidnappers.
The governor, who made this known on the Television Channels program, Sunday Politics, on Sunday night, also assured that the hostages would soon be released.
“The Kagara students are located around Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, which I think would be back home very soon,” the governor said.
Matawalle also insisted on the cooperation of stakeholders and believes that it is the key to unlocking success in the country’s fight against crime.
He said: “As you know, the issue of security needs more commitment from all stakeholders. We have two big insecurity problems in the north with banditry and Boko Haram.
“Security officers are doing their best, but we all need to get our hands on deck to be successful. Another problem is that all stakeholder leaders must embrace today’s challenges and speak with one voice. ”
52 kidnapped passengers reconcile with their families
Meanwhile, the 52 passengers kidnapped by bandits while riding the Niger State Transportation Authority NSTA bus reconciled with family members yesterday after the state government secured their release on Sunday night.
They were received by the state governor, Alhaji AbubakarBello, at the Government House around 11:30 pm on Sunday.
In the early hours of yesterday, the abductees underwent a series of medical checks before they were finally handed over to their relatives, who had crowded into the Suite of the State Supply Company in front of the Government House, where they were housed. under strict security measures.
The governor’s chief of staff, Alhaji Ibrahim Kagara, while addressing the highly euphoric victims and their families on behalf of Governor Bello before leaving for their respective homes, said they should put their sad experiences behind them as they return home and begin to thank God for your safety.
In an interview with some of the released victims, they said the goal of the bandits was to eliminate them by not parting with their money and other valuables and paying the required ransom.
Victims report experience
One of the victims, Mohammed Ndagi, who is an official, said that for the first two days they were not fed and forced to walk several kilometers into the thick forest.
He said: “The aim of the bandits was to kill us. They made us walk several kilometers until we reached the thick forest.
“They didn’t give us food or water. They made us sleep on the bare ground in the forest and the bandits beat us intermittently without mercy.
One victim, simply named Hajiya Rabiu, said that she never knew she would survive the agony.
She said: “The bandits demanded money, telephone and other valuables from us and threatened to kill us if we refused to cooperate with them.
“We gave everything with us, including cash, telephone and other valuables, but they still threatened to kill us if we refused to follow their instructions. They also demanded a N50 million ransom from us, which we were unable to collect and this further aggravated their anger. “