- A day after Christmas, a 22-year-old heavily pregnant woman was kidnapped from her village in Katsina
- Narrating her experience, Suwaiba Naziru said they trekked a number of kilometres and then rode on motorcycles to their enclave
- Suwaiba gave birth to a baby girl while with the captors who provided the things needed for the delivery
Bandits at about 8 pm on Saturday, December 26, 2020, attacked Biya Ki Kwana of Batsari local government area, Katsina state.
Suwaiba Naziru, a 22 mother of one who was also heavily pregnant at the time was kidnapped alongside her two-year-old toddler by the bandits.
Also abducted were 10 women and girls, while two young men were shot and injured.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Suwaiba narrated what happened on that fateful night and how she gave birth a baby girl in the forest as the kidnappers watched.
She said on that fateful day she had gone out to make a phone call to her husband so she could inform him to try and send some money to home so they could buy some foodstuff.
On her way, she met the armed men with some women they had already kidnapped.
"They asked me to go along with them but I told them that I was heavy with pregnancy. They said I was lying, so they forced me to join the other women and we were herded like a flock of sheep into the bush.
"As I said, I told them, but they said it was a lie until I began labour that they realized it was true."
Suwaiba said the journey was a hard one as not only was she heavy, she had to carry her toddler as they trekked a long distance.
According to her, when labour started, one of the other abducted women served as midwife. The abductors provide a razor blade to cut the umbilical cord and also hot water for the mother and baby to bath.
"After that, they said they wanted to inform their leader and seek his permission to discharge me. They went away and did not return for some time, but eventually, the leader sent that I should be taken home.
"They took me on a motorcycle, together with my two babies to Yangeza village and from there, another motorcyclist brought me home."
Suwaiba disclosed that they had huts where they stayed but they were without mats, so they slept on the ground.
She said the other women were still with the abductors who asked her to tell the villagers that even if it means they have to beg to mobilise for some money to rescue them, they should not hesitate to do that to save them from captivity.
Legit.ng earlier reported that residents of Katsina state relocated to the headquarters of Batsari and Jibiya local governments over the incessant attacks in the areas.
A community leader in Jibiya local government area, Mallam Gide Dahiru, said many communities in the council were now on self-imposed curfew from 7 pm till morning to avoid being kidnapped or attacked by the bandits.
He alleged that three women were kidnapped along with their babies on Sunday, December 27, in a village called Pulka Mabile along Zamfara road, adding that bandits injured two people who were later taken to the hospital on Monday, December 28.
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