The couple were kidnapped in Rumka community in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The couple who were abducted just a week into their marriage regained their freedom after spending 11 days in captivity.
The groom who is identified as Sama’ila Abdullahi and the bride Zainab Isma’il said that the experience was terrible and unforgettable.
Narating the ordeal, the husband said:
We were abducted around 1:00 a.m when the gunmen entered into our apartment demanding money.
I told them I don’t have money, following that, they looted all our valuables including my wife’s new cloths and shoes including a blanket and went away with us into the bush”.
While heading into the bush, the gunmen, who were initially eight, became five.
The remaining three, who were the bandits’ informants, disappeared in the outskirts of the town.
After we walked through the bush for about eight hours, we reached their enclave while the day broke, meeting other captives including a village head and many women.
They handcuffed me like all other male captives with brand new security handcuff, they interrogated me on who built my house and sponsored my wedding. I replied that my late father started the building but after he died my in-law helped me to complete the house and finally the wedding.
The insisted that my neighbour has money and that he is the one who built the house for me and sponsored the wedding. I said no, they started beating us and blindfolded me and separated me from my wife.
They kept the female captives – numbering 20 – in a hut, separate from the men who were five in number.
Days later, they joined me with my wife in a separate enclave in another different location where I met a Fulani man kidnapped from Dutsin-Ma.
They gave us meals that were not well cooked and forced us to eat. We had sleepless nights because of the cold and harsh weather and no blanket to cover our body.
A helicopter hovered around the airspace directly above their location, and the gunmen hurriedly removed the handcuff from us and asked us to run and take a cover into a nearby rock in case the helicopter may drop bombs.
In that condition, if the soldiers drop bombs, the innocent captive will be the ones to suffer casualties not the bandits because they have already taken cover close by watching any movement and very security conscious.
the gunmen had different camps in the forest and could transfer their captives to anyone they wish.
“We were released without paying a ransom. They told us that they are negotiating our release, we don’t know with who, they just released the handcuff and freed us after 11 days,”
I spent most part of my time in captivity blindfolded and i’m now having problems seeing clearly.
My wife also, she was subjected to various medical check-up after our freedom, I am gratetful to God almighty for sparing our lives and returning us home.”
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