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How I, 8 others were abducted, freed by bandits - Kidnapped victim shares experience

How I, 8 others were abducted, freed by bandits - Kidnapped victim shares experience

- One of the nine persons kidnapped in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna state has been released by his captors

- The victim identified as Lawali Ali revealed that no ransom was paid to the bandits before they were allowed to go

Lawali Ali, one of the nine persons kidnapped in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna state, has been released by his captors, Premium Times reports. gathered that Ali popularly called Mai bulaus Udawa, in a telephone interview revealed how he and eight others regained their freedom.

According to him, no ransom was paid to the bandits before they allowed them to go, adding that his abductors made him trek for two hours inside the bush alongside 30 others after their abduction in the early hours of Wednesday.

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“We left home around 7 a.m. on Wednesday to Kaduna when we saw a tanker blocking the main road close to a place called Labi. We thought it was an accident that occurred but before our driver realised what was happening and tried to make a u-turn, those bandits surrounded us and ordered us out of the car.

“I saw other vehicles that were also stopped with other passengers. So, they (bandits) led us all into the bush, about 30 of us. We trekked for two hours deep inside bush before we got to their destination,” he said.

According to him, the bandits asked him about his occupation and he told them he had no job.

“I told them I’m an Islamic scholar and an indigene of Sokoto state but based in Udawa village . So, they separated me from the rest. Later on, nine of us were asked to go home. So, we left. They collected all our belongings such as phones and money. They collected my bedsheets which I bought for my family and other goods. The N7,000 in my pocket was also taken by one of them.

“There are about 21 people left in the bush with the bandits, two are women. The bandits are Fulani youth,” he said.

He said the remaining people released boarded another vehicle to their destinations. Lawali said five people from Udawa town that boarded same vehicle with him were still with the bandits in the bush. He said they were not tortured.

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A former chairman of Birnin-Gwari, who didn’t want his name mentioned confirmed the abduction of many people on Tuesday and Wednesday along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari route.

The people abducted in three Golf 3 vehicles were our people from Birnin-Gwari town and some towns that were on their way to Kano State for businesses. Their vehicles were stopped by bandits along Labi on Birnin-Gwari Kaduna highway on Wednesday,” he said.

The chairman Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Birnin-Gwari branch, Danladi Duniya, also confirmed the abduction.

In a previous report by, unidentified gunmen allegedly kidnapped 31 persons on two separate occasions between Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23.

According to Daily Trust, the first incident occurred on Tuesday, around 7pm, when a Sharon bus was stopped by the bandits at a town known as Ladi, close to Buruku.

Nine passengers and a driver were reportedly abducted from the vehicle, and led into the bush by the bandits.

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