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Kagara: We Were Fed Only Once A Day, Ate Beans For 11 Day – Victims Narrate Ordeal

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The kidnapped students, teachers and their relatives of Kagara Government Science College in Rafi Local Government said they suffered hunger and fed a hand full of beans during their time with bandits.

Naija News recalls that the kidnapped students and staff of the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State were on Saturday morning released by their abductors.

It was gathered that the students and staff who have been in captivity for days were released on Saturday morning.

It was reported that the students and the staff were released from a location close to where the fifty-three abductees were released a week ago.

In an interview with newsmen shortly after meeting with Governor Abubakar Bello, some of the students narrated their ordeal in the kidnapper’s den.

Suleiman Lawal, 18 years said, “We suffered so much in the hands of the kidnappers. I have never experienced such in my life. In fact, I thought I was dreaming because the torture was too much for us. I am happy now that we have been freed. They fed us with beans once daily and they gave all of us five sachet water to drink and that made us very weak. I don’t think I will like to go to that school anymore except there is enough security.”

Another student, 20-year-old Abubakar Sindi, said, “the day we were kidnapped, we walked through the forest from 2:30pm till around 7pm. Unfortunately, all through our trekking, there was no time for us to rest, drank water or even eat anything because they tortured us to move fast or they will kill us. I was scared because the forest was thick. All through this time, we didn’t eat until, they stopped us and asked us to sit on the ground.

“They gave us beans to eat after which they grouped us and asked that if any of us have parents who are either police or military, that was how they flogged us mercilessly so much that I thought I was going to die. In fact, I am not sure I can ever see any bush or forest and not remember this incident. I was so scared.”

Abubakar Adamu, 16 years old, said “we suffered a lot. No food, no water and even, when we were served water, it’s three persons to one sachet of water.”

According to some of the parents, Ibrahim Abati Erena from Shiroro local government and father of Abdulsalam Erena, “I thank the Niger State Government for rescuing my son. I got calls from my friends that the children have been released. I took off from Erena to Minna and I thank God for seeing my son and other children alive and well.”

Musa Labran, father of Umar Labran, 18 years in SS2, expressing joy of reuniting with his son, urged the kidnappers to change from the current business of kidnapping and return to their former trade.

“Kidnapping is not a business, I am advising them to go back to what they use to do.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.