One of the victims of the Ibadan forest horror, Nafiu Shittu, has recounted some of his ordeals in the hands of the kidnappers.
Nafiu, who hails from Osun State, western Nigeria explained how he was kidnapped by unknown men in Ibadan seven months ago, chained to the wall in a room and many other mind-boggling revelations in the interview below:
* Nafiu speaking to newsmen about his ordeal
What is your name?
Where do you come from?
I am from Isale-Osun, Osogbo. I live in the Foko area of Ibadan city.
Are you married?
When and how were you kidnapped?
I was kidnapped seven months ago in Ibadan. Some men dragged me into a vehicle. I only remember that I later saw myself chained to the wall in a room. I was held there all alone.
What were you eating in the forest?
I was rarely fed. There were two men who brought food every four days. It was food meant for sacrifice – rice and palm oil. But I couldn’t eat the food, so I drank only water.
Can you describe the people who held you?
The men were hefty and were always smoking in the place. I remember there were two of them. I don’t remember ever seeing a woman among them. On the day we were rescued, there was a lot of noise coming from outside. Before I knew it, some youths broke in, freed me and others who had been held captive.
Do you recall seeing other people there?
Yes. I was not the only one in the place. Everyday, they brought new people there and beat them. I heard cries from other rooms daily. I don’t know if they were killed later, but I often saw dead bodies taken out.
Where were you kept and how was the condition of the place?
I was kept in a small room without a roof. I was isolated. I was chained throughout the duration I was held captive. And whenever it rained, it drenched me. There were many rooms there.