The 11 days spent with armed bandits have been described as “hell” by Students, teachers and relatives of Kagara Government Science College in Rafi Local Government of Niger State, as they lamented that they were fed with beans during their stay with their abductors.
Some of the students and teachers looked weak and feeble could not walk nor speak as they were supported by health workers who profiled them.
At a few minutes past 5pm on Saturday, after the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello addressed journalists and family members in Government House, Minna, some of the students, said what happened was traumatic and like a dream.
According to Suleiman Lawal, a SS3 student: “We suffered so much in the hands of the kidnappers, I have never experienced such in my life. In fact, I thought I was dreaming because the torture was too much for us. I am happy now that we have been freed.
“They fed us with beans once daily and they gave five persons one sachet water to share and drink and that made us very weak. I don’t think I will like to go to that school anymore except there is enough security.”
Another student, who gave his name as Abdullahi Adamu, told our Correspondent: “We suffered a lot, no food, no water. Even when we were served, they gave us food in our hands without plates. And after eating we continued to trek again non-stop.
He added that: “At night and in the early hours of the day we are always cold. We slept outside and didn’t know where we were going. Once they come to us, they just beat us up to start walking if we don’t want to die.”