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Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by eyeview: 8:30am On Apr 23, 2019
Kidnapping saga by Fulani Herdsmen all over Nigeria. I was kidnapped on the Kaduna express way and here is my story

I had no premonition that day when I boarded a cab, a golf car from Kaduna to Abuja.

A few kilometres after Kaduna, shortly after the NYSC camp, around Dutse, on the express, we were assailed by a volley of gunfire targeted at tyres of vehicles on the express.

Of course all vehicles trapped within the radius of fire had to stop and passengers ran across the express to the other side of the road. As we ran, we saw men in army camouflage wielding Ak47s run after us and dragged us back to the side we just fled from.

No one escaped, they had seen us run and pursued us until we were all caught and rounded up. We were then marched in a single file into the bush.

As we headed into the bush, they had us arranged in formation, one victim, one kidnapper and so on while the rest of the kidnappers formed two lines beside our single file. There was no escape as they repeatedly warned us that we would be shot if we tried to escape.

We marched on for the full 6 hours into the bush; there were no huts, no buildings, no farmland, just endless vast arid land. I was able to gauge time because I was still wearing my wrist watch though my phone and bag had been taken by the kidnappers. Same with the rest of the others, victims like me, who had the misfortune of being on the road at that hour.

As soon as our phones were taken, the sims were removed; this of course meant they didn’t want us traced. Our phones were auctioned off to a certain ‘Yellow,’ that was the name of the person on the other end of the line who bargained for our phones.

I was in tatters in the course of our 6 hours’ trek; my gown had ripped open in my attempt to escape, my wig had fallen off and my tear stained face was caked with dirt and dust.

I was the only woman among the victims; there were 35 of us and twice the number of kidnappers. I feared the worst would happen to me. I began to pray because these people were just smoking weed, they were not normal people.

When we stopped, I quickly sought the face of one whom I perceived to be the leader. I went on my knees and crawled to his feet, groveling, weeping agonisingly and pleading.

I said to him: ‘I know you are a good Muslim, one versed in the tenets of Islam and who knows the sanctity of marriage. Please protect my honour for I am a married woman. Please protect me.’

This leader, who must have been like 26 years at the most, wouldn’t look at my face and I quickly sensed that he couldnt bear to look at a crying woman and so I intensified my cries and pleas and grovelling. I rolled in the dust with snot running from one nostril to the other.

Still, with his gaze averted he told me to stop crying and go join the rest of the victims where they were huddled on the ground. When I wouldn’t stop, he said sternly that if I didn’t stop then he wouldn’t help me. I stopped. He looked at me and told me I wouldn’t be touched by anyone of his boys.

Then they started getting in touch with our people to demand for ransom. How did they contact our relatives?

First off, they asked us all to call out the numbers of relatives we wanted them to contact for our ransom; once we gave the numbers, they would call them then allow us speak for just a few seconds before they took over the phone and made their demands.

They used an old untraceable Nokia phone to make each of these calls and because they spoke Hausa to us but Fulani amongst themselves, I wasn’t able to catch much of what was said among them.

Being the only woman, I was the first to be asked to introduce myself; name, state of origin, job, how much I had in my bank account and as they searched every nook and cranny of my bag and wallet; they wondered why I didn’t have an ATM card.

Thankfully, that day was the day I didn’t travel with my ATM card. I told my kidnappers that I had no bank account; that I am a married woman with children who also happens to be a student. I pleaded, telling them my husband is poor and earns N8,500 monthly and that my family is very poor as well. I told them I was given to my husband at a young age to settle a debt my father had incurred.

But they called me a harlot for leaving my children and going to school. I explained that it was my husband’s idea. He wanted me to go work to augment his salary and working required a certificate and so I had to go to school to earn one. Thankfully, my story was believed. I was soon to realize that these uneducated kidnappers didn’t know much.

They decided I was worth N5million! Immediately I heard that, I raised my hands in surrender, ‘Just shoot me, there’s no way my husband or family will ever raise that amount of money, nobody in my village, Gorin goni, the poorest village in Kaduna, will give as much as N2,000. So please, just shoot me.’

The leader then drew me aside and asked me exactly how much my family could get, I said N10,000. He walked away in anger swearing that I would die. I was still haggling with them over my ransom, when God came through for me…

There was another victim, a Customs officer from Kogi state who drew their ire; they discovered his identity from the ID Card found in his wallet.

It was clear the kidnappers apparently hate the current government because victims who worked for government were singled out and thoroughly beaten with the sticks they used to herd cows. They said the government had impoverished its people and that those in government were thieves.

Every chance they had they would beat the Customs officer. Despite my situation, I began to think of how to save him; so I called out that he must be a fake customs man as his service number is 10 digits instead of 6. They stopped and, thankfully the Customs guy cued in, he begged them saying indeed he was a fake customs man; he said he smuggled cars into the country and he had to do a fake ID to deceive the Customs officials who were collecting money from him. That’s how they stopped beating him!

They demanded 10million off the Customs officers family!

Then, there was also amongst us a Yoruba man who by all appearances was quite rich. Since the Yoruba man didn’t speak Hausa, I was his interpreter to the kidnappers.

This Yoruba man jumped into the drainage tunnel when we were first attacked and fled to the bush but the kidnappers had gone after him and dragged him by the leg out of the tunnel into the open. So, he was caked in blood and dirt. This man told me I should tell the kidnappers he was willing to pay any amount they wanted!

I had to shush him. I warned him, they will finish you o. But the man was jittery, you know how you Yoruba people are at the sign of trouble.

At the end of the negotiation, they demanded N100 million from his family!

You see, all of us victims had been thoroughly stripped of whatever we possessed. I was quick to have deleted my messages and email from my phone when the commotion started, that was my saving grace.

So, when I said I didn’t even have enough money not to talk of a bank account, there were no alerts or bank details in my phone. The others were not so lucky.

Each victim was asked to give the correct PIN number and amount left in their accounts. Any attempt to give a fake PIN was instant death upon discovery because they wouldn’t ask you again.

How did God come through for me?

I was the go-between who always had the phone so I could interpret when calls came in.

One afternoon, they suddenly began to argue amongst themselves and so moved away from us victims. I suddenly found myself alone with the phone! I quickly dialed my brother and told him to keep negotiating, never to give accept the amount they asked for.

You see, once a victim speaks to their family, the victim never gets to talk again until ransom is paid and families don’t realise they can haggle and negotiate the ransom!

After demand for ransom was made from all victims/families, we began another stretch of travelling. We trekked for another 6 hours, making it a total of 12 hours trek from the express into the deepest parts of the bush.

As we went along, we saw their armed vigilantes. Yes, the kidnappers had vigilantes to catch and kill runaway victims. They told us their vigilantes were well armed and since it was an open field, any runaway victim would be shot dead.

When we got to what was our destination, it was a huge village, community of different ‘platoons’ of kidnappers who also had their own victims. So it was like a village business, hundreds of kidnappers, living side by side several hundreds more with each owning victims they raided off the roads.

When we were eventually settled in an open place, the other ‘platoon’ of kidnappers came to ‘inspect us’, like we were spoils of war, loot they had come to admire.

Suddenly, I was being ogled by boys no than 16 to 18. They told my kidnappers that I was a ‘good catch.’ They meant this in terms of rape. But I heard one of my kidnapper say, their leader forbade them from touching me but that they would see about it. I began to pray again that the leader doesn’t change his mind about protecting me.

To cut a long story short, I was released on the third day after a ransom of N500,000 was paid on my behalf. No, my family didn’t raise all the money, my old school mates from the federal government girls’ secondary school I attended, helped raise the money as well. I have God and them and of course my traumatised family to thank for my release.

The customs officer who was asked to bring N10 million, paid N5million.

They asked our families to meet us at a certain place from where their okada rider look outs took them on a two hours’ ride inside the bush. There they counted the money, asked them to walk back and wait at a certain point for us.

I and the customs officer were released together as our ransom was paid the same day. We walked for more than 8 hours to reunite with our families.

I am home today but still so traumatized. I was happy when Governor El Rufia’s convoy went after some of them weeks ago. But a more concerted effort is needed.

While I was there, an Airforce fighter jet came and hovered over the community of kidnappers. Yes, it means government is aware of their location. As soon as the fighter jet was sighted, the kidnappers assembled all of us victims on the edge of a water fall and pointed their weapons at us. They were prepared to shoot us if the fighter jet opened fire on them.

At this point, we the victims began to wave off the fighter jet, we began to beg them to leave, whereas our kidnappers taunted and dared the fighter jet to drop lower so they could complete the massacre.

I found out that victims whose families couldn’t raise money were taken to the edge and shot, their bodies would fall below and be swept away by the water. That way it won’t stink out the community.

To date, no body has come to take my statements or ask me what happened. I mean the authorities haven’t contacted me. So they know exactly what is going on.

(Series written and edited by Peju Akande and based on true stories)

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by dokie: 8:44am On Apr 23, 2019
What can I say? Nigeria is so finished.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by blackboy(m): 8:52am On Apr 23, 2019
Hmmm. This is serious
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by eyeview: 8:58am On Apr 23, 2019
Buhari and his weak govt lacks the willpower to confront anything and succeed in it. This has permeated every agency of govt. Hence, every crime is just blossoming without fear

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by ogwanogwa: 9:00am On Apr 23, 2019
It is formally over for Nigeria

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by grandstar(m): 9:14am On Apr 23, 2019
After reading this article, who came to my mind was Josef Stalin.

When she said that there was an air Force jet hovering over and that the kidnappers threatened to kill the hostages if the jet dare fire, it would have made no difference to Josef Stalin. He would have ordered a carpet bombing of the kidnappers village.

Recently in Aleppo, Syria, Putin ordered an intense bombing of rebel hideouts with devastating consequences for innocent civilians. This however was successful in disloding the rebels.

I've speculated that if Nigeria did it the Russian way, Boko Haram would be close to history as they would realise they were fighting against madmen

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by johnkay1(m): 9:17am On Apr 23, 2019
Over and out
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by blujoi(m): 9:19am On Apr 23, 2019
This is heartbreaking. A serious government will raise a special forces team to take these guys out but no, Lai Mohammed will rather hold a press conference to tout how safe Nigeria is. So sad.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Hedonini: 9:28am On Apr 23, 2019
Reading this have me goosebumps. We don't know the mess we've but ourselves in.

By the way, the OP is a very good storyteller.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Hedonini: 9:31am On Apr 23, 2019
grandstar:
After reading this article, whp came to my mind was Josef Stalin.

When she said that there was an air Force jet hovering over and that the kidnappers threatened to kill the hostages if the and dare fire, it would have made no difference to Josef Stalin. He would have ordered a carpet bombing of the kidnappers village.

Recently in Aleppo, Syria, Putin ordered an intense bombing of rebel hideouts with devastating consequences for innocent civilians. This however was successful in disloding the rebels.

I've speculated that if Nigeria did it the Russian way, Boko Haram would be close to history as they would realise they were fighting against madmen


Sadly, this is a viable solution. Unfortunately, there's no way to defeat this monster without 'expendable' collateral damage.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by eyeview: 9:42am On Apr 23, 2019
Hedonini:


Sadly, this is a viable solution. Unfortunately, there's no way to defeat this monster without 'expendable' collateral damage.
Am happy many of you are thinking exactly the same way as me. There are bound to be collateral damages but it won't be worse than the deaths that will be recorded on daily basis if allowed to continue.
Sometimes, the best way to deal with mad men is to show them that madness is not their exclusive right.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by lobell: 9:55am On Apr 23, 2019
The story has some embellished parts and some parts that defy reasoning and common sense.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by lobell: 9:58am On Apr 23, 2019
eyeview:

Am happy many of you are thinking exactly the same way as me. There are bound to be collateral damages but it won't be worse than the deaths that will be recorded on daily basis if allowed to continue.
Sometimes, the best way to deal with mad men is to show them that madness is not their exclusive right.

All of you are thinking straight! Yes there will be collateral damage but why do you have to use bombs to attack them? You already have their position, all you need to do is send in several tactical units at night equipped with night vision goggles to approach the area from several different directions and take them out using suppressors on your weapons. Keep collateral damage to the barest minimum.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by dedoz: 10:57am On Apr 23, 2019
This story is giving me goosebumps....no wonder travellers now prefer using train from kaduna to abuja and vice versa.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Curlieweed: 11:13am On Apr 23, 2019
Hedonini:


Sadly, this is a viable solution. Unfortunately, there's no way to defeat this monster without 'expendable' collateral damage.

How would you like you and your family to be the 'expendable' collateral damage?

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by SarkinYarki: 11:24am On Apr 23, 2019
She seems to be one of the stupid people who voted in this satanic govt...

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by orisa37: 11:40am On Apr 23, 2019
I am not sleeping on duty. So said Pharaoh to Prophet Moses.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Hedonini: 11:44am On Apr 23, 2019
Curlieweed:


How would you like you and your family to be the 'expendable' collateral damage?

Don't ask me stupid questions anchored on unthinking sentimentality.

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by powerhouse3(m): 12:25pm On Apr 23, 2019
Truthfully am speechless,.... Those that can't afford ransomed will be killed instead of setting them free . And they hate government workers......nigeria is gone
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by ruggedtimi(m): 12:55pm On Apr 23, 2019
Omo if you hear ordeals of other kidnap victims especially along owerri/ph road. So sad.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by ruggedtimi(m): 1:00pm On Apr 23, 2019
SarkinYarki:
She seems to be one of the stupid people who voted in this satanic govt...
mumu, no worry dey will kidnap u and ur family wont pay N10
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by SarkinYarki: 1:02pm On Apr 23, 2019
ruggedtimi:
mumu, no worry dey will kidnap u and ur family wont pay N10

They will never kidnap any member of my family in Jesus Name , My Family rejected Buharis bad governance whole heartedly so we are exempted from the hardship all Buhari supporters will suffer ..
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Curlieweed: 1:08pm On Apr 23, 2019
Hedonini:


Don't ask me stupid questions anchored on unthinking sentimentality.

However, you can make stupid statements based on utilitarian thoughtlessness?
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Nobody: 1:28pm On Apr 23, 2019
"While I was there, an Airforce fighter jet came and hovered over the community of kidnappers. Yes, it means government is aware of their location"


Nigeria is a joke of a country. Criminals take advantage of its weak security forces and that's pathetic. How can the forces know about these guys, their location and still can't do anything about it? Pitiful. undecided

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Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by eyeview: 1:51pm On Apr 23, 2019
lobell:


All of you are thinking straight! Yes there will be collateral damage but why do you have to use bombs to attack them? You already have their position, all you need to do is send in several tactical units at night equipped with night vision goggles to approach the area from several different directions and take them out using suppressors on your weapons. Keep collateral damage to the barest minimum.

Where did I in my post refer to the use of bomb. Please show me. What I had in mind was the deployment of about two or three tactical commando platoons made up of a joint force between the military and mobile police with aerial guidance of the air force.
I.was thinking of a sting op or a surprise attack, there are bound to be collateral damage but most minimal.
I never advocated blind aerial bombing.
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by lobell: 4:29pm On Apr 23, 2019
eyeview:


Where did I in my post refer to the use of bomb. Please show me. What I had in mind was the deployment of about two or three tactical commando platoons made up of a joint force between the military and mobile police with aerial guidance of the air force.
I.was thinking of a sting op or a surprise attack, there are bound to be collateral damage but most minimal.
I never advocated blind aerial bombing.

You quoted Hedonini and agreed with him. He quoted grandstar and agreed with him. Grandstar advocated for carpet bombing, hence, both you and hedonini think all of them should be bombed to smithereens...amateurs!
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by grandstar(m): 4:43pm On Apr 23, 2019
lobell:


You quoted Hedonini and agreed with him. He quoted grandstar and agreed with him. Grandstar advocated for carpet bombing, hence, both you and hedonini think all of them should be bombed to smithereens...amateurs!

I never advocated carpet bombing. I just said what Stalin or the Russians would use I don't in away support the loss of Innocents lives . A life lost is more than enough

Was it not the Russians who used special forces and gas to storm a property where hundreds of people were kept hostage by anxious chechens over a decade ago?

I also thought of tactical attack by special forces but I thought we lack special teams to successfully take them out. That's simply why I didn't mention it.

I know that the fear of huge collateral damage has been a reason why government forces are yet to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists from several locations.

And don't forget that there are traitors with the agency that could leak out any attack. The utmost secrecy is necessary to make such operations successful
Re: Must Read: A Kidnap Victim's Experience In The Hands Of Fulani Herdsmen''s Den by Hedonini: 7:53am On Apr 24, 2019
ruggedtimi:
Omo if you hear ordeals of other kidnap victims especially along owerri/ph road. So sad.

Can you recount some of these ordeals?

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