Weekend Reads Nigeria: A student and ex-hostage of Afaka testifies to its harsh Captivity

00:30  09 may  2021
00:30  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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He said: “Two days after the abduction of the Afaka young people, I was assured by the air force and the army that they knew where the kidnappers were with the students and they had encircled them. “We were going to attack them. For many Nigerians , including parents of the students , the plan by the governor and the military was not only cruel and evil, but against all known modern tactics of combating a crime such as abduction, where the safety of hostages are prioritised and seen as the overriding objective of such operations.

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Kidnapping is growing in Nigeria. Thirty Afaka students, removed two months ago, finally found their families two days ago. One of these ex-hostages, Fatima, who was pregnant at the RAPT, told RFI in Hausa the Calvary they endured during their captivity.

Their torture began immediately after their abduction, according to this young student. She tells the microphone of our colleague Aminu Sadi Sano, how their kidnappers had distant them away from the area where they captured them.

"We walked for nearly two hours in the forest before joining the group of boys students. We walked for another two hours before joining a place where our jailers had parked their motorcycles. After two hours have been done on their motorcycles.

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One of the freed students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka , Kaduna state, Sarah Sunday has recounted their ordeals in the hands of their abductors saying they suffered a lot. She however said they have forgiven their abductors. A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering Nigeria news, Niger delta, general national news, politics, business, energy, sports, entertainment, fashion,lifestyle human interest stories, etc.

Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechinsation, Afaka , Kaduna State, shortly after they were re-united with their relatives at the state Police Command headquarters… yesterday. • ‘We Have Forgiven Our Captors, May God Forgive Them’ The Kaduna Police Command has However, some of the students , who recounted their experiences in the bandits’ captivity , said they were only fed once in a day throughout their 56 days in the den of kidnappers, saying: “We did not take our bath when we were there; we only go to the stream to fetch the water that we drink, with some armed bandits escorting us.”

long forced steps, incessant shots, daily brutality ... Fatima then returns to the Calvary she endured during her two months of captivity: "Yes, we suffered, I do not know how to describe, but We have suffered a lot. Since I was born, I have never worked so long. In addition, they assaulted us without stopping. Sometimes they struck us with sticks, sometimes with the butt of their rifle or anything. They were particularly violent when they could not contact our parents to claim a ransom. It put them angry and he struck us. Me, I was two months pregnant, but with everything I endure, I made a miscarriage and I lost my baby.

Many other young students are always selected in hostages in this state of northwestern Nigeria, including sixteen of the University of Greenfield abducted on April 20th. Their families live in anguish, while five of their comrades have already been slaughtered by their jailers.

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