How Fulani herdsmen in army uniform abducted me – OOU graduate

Youths Digest A graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University , Ago-Iwoye , Ogun State , Motunrayo Rafiu, who was abducted by suspected kidnappers in the Kabba area of Kogi State , on Tuesday said her abductors were Fulani herdsmen.

She noted that the hoodlums were , however , disguised in army uniform.

According to PUNCH Metro, Rafiu was abducted on February 4 , 2020 , while she was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School.

It was gathered that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone , she was declared missing by her friends, who posted her pictures on social media.

Rafiu, who spent six days in the kidnappers’ den , was released on Sunday after the family paid a ransom of N1m Narrating her experience with the abductors, the 22- year – old noted that she and other victims were made to walk barefooted in what she described as a wilderness.

She said , “ While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja , just before Obajana in Kogi State , we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol. But all of a sudden , they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety . They, however , caught up with us.

“ At first , I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns . You don’ t have a choice but to cooperate with them.

“ Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness. We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den ; we were treated like cows . If you Nationdared to walk behind them, they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows.

“When we got to their base , some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers. I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers ; we were given rice and palm oil to eat.

“ I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything. While I was there, I believed that I would come out alive ; I encouraged the other victims . ”

On the ransom, she said , “ When they demanded N 5 m from my family , I told them the situation of things at home and where my mother works so the ransom was reduced to N 1 m , while others paid N 2 m and above , depending on their status . No one should go through this kind of experience . ”

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