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Retired Principal detained by bandits after delivering ransom released, narrates ordeal

A retired school principal in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State, Abdulkadir Abdullahi, who has been in captivity for the past two weeks, has regained his freedom, DAILYPOST reports.informationguideNigeria

While in captivity, the retired principal said he lived harsh treatment by his teenage abductors who denied him praying his Salat throughout his captivity.

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While narrating his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, Pa Abdullahi said, “Well, I can’t recall the exact date, but it was on Friday, I think and I spent about two weeks or more in captivity. The abduction occurred in January 2024.nysc portal

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”I was approached by a friend whose relation, a nursing mother, was abducted along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway while heading to her village.

”She had newly converted to Islam and was abducted on her way from Kaduna to Birnin Gwari. When the bandits contacted her husband and family members, they demanded N200,000 for her release, alongside her baby, it was not easy to negotiate with the bandits but I decided to take the ransom to them based on sympathy because the family was afraid.

”After delivering the ransom, their boss asked why I had come and why I was the person delivering the ransom, that he expected someone younger. I explained that we are neighbours.

The boss named Bala, decided to release the mother and child but held me back until additional ransom was paid of which his people paid one million naira to secure his freedom.

Regarding his stay in the forest with the bandits, Adamu said, ”It was very bad, even though their boss, Bala, warned them not to harm me due to my age but the teenagers beat me severely whenever he left for operations and I once fainted from their beatings, resulting in a broken tooth”.

Reflecting on the risk he took, Adamu said he wasn’t afraid to deliver the ransom despite his age because of his relationship with the family and her status as a new Muslim and nursing mother.JAMB Result

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He described the bandits as Fulani boys who mostly spoke Hausa but switched to Fulfulde when they didn’t want them to understand, adding that there were about 20 other abducted villagers in the camp, including two women.

The retired school principal who is still awaiting his retirement benefits and gratuity decried the grim reality faced by victims of banditry in Nigeria’s rural areas.

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