Parents of the 29 kidnapped students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation Afaka, Kaduna state have narrated their ordeal while negotiating with the abductors of their children.
In March, bandits attacked the college located in Igabi LGA and abducted the students, but 172 of them were rescued, leaving 39 in captivity.
Out of the 39 in captivity, 10 have regained their freedom.
On Tuesday, the parents staged a protest at the national assembly, asking the federal government to help them secure the release of their children.
Speaking with Roots TV, one of the parents said they have been trying to secure the release of the abducted students to no avail.
She said the parents had attended several meetings and were taken to Ahmad Gumi, prominent Islamic cleric, who directed them to a Fulani man named Ahmed.
She said the parents paid N800,000 to the man but he said the money was for transportation and insisted that they pay an additional N500 million.
“We kept going for meetings. They took us to Gumi’s house who said we should meet one Ahmed. I’ve forgotten the name. A Fulani man was invited, we contributed almost N800,000 to him but he said the money was just for transportation. Then I started crying and pleaded with him that I am a widow, training my boy to become my helper in the future but he said that was not his concern,” she said.
She said the unidentified Fulani man was invited to an office in Kaduna to meet the parents.
“We kept begging him but he insisted that we must pay N500 million.”
Another parent, who said the trauma was too much to handle, said they have become “walking corpses”.
She said: “The trauma is too much, I can hardly sleep. We are walking corpses. People see us as being alive but we are already dead. In the night, one cannot sleep, if you want to sleep you will be thinking about the condition of your child; if the child is dead, alive, eaten.
“They (kidnappers) were after the government paying that money– N500 million. Like me in particular, they kept calling me ‘Madam, go and talk to the government to pay the money’. All I kept telling them was that I am a widow, I don’t have access to the government.
“Maybe if my husband were to be alive, he would know somebody who would help him to talk to the government. They kept calling me for almost two weeks and I told them the same thing.”
She said the bandits have started calling them individually to negotiate for their children’s release.
The Kaduna state government has maintained that it will not negotiate with bandits to secure the freedom of the abducted students.
JUST IN: Bandits Abduct Zamfara Speaker’s Father
Suspected bandits have abducted the biological father of the Speaker of Zamfara state House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Muazu Magarya.
The armed men also kidnapped the Speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four others in a raid on his community, Magarya in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker is representing Zurmi east in the assembly.
Salihu Zurmi, lawmaker representing Zurmi West in the state assembly, told Daily Trust that the armed men invaded the community on Wednesday evening.
“This is the fourth time they are attacking the community, the first one they killed some people while during the second assault they torched residential houses and carted away cows and other domestic animals,” he said.
The Director General, Press Affairs of the state House of Assembly Mustapha Jafaru Kaura told our correspondent that they would soon issue press statement on the matter.
“I’m right now with the Honourable Speaker, we will issue statement, give us some times please,” Mustapha said.
In the same vein, the spokesman of the state police command SP Muhammad Shehu said the command would soon issue press release.
Ilorin South Chair Embarks On Project Inspection Tour, Assures Of Timely completion
In fulfilment of the promise being made by the Ilorin South TIC Chairman Hon. Aiki during his last visitation to the site of the proposed shopping complex at Ero-Omo, the TIC Chairman has paid yet another inspection visit to the site of the modern shopping Complex.
While he commended the workers at the site for their steadfastness and commitment, Hon. Aiki reiterated the commitment of the Ilorin South Local Government administration towards the completion of the project.
The Chairman further stated that the right step being taken by the administration is an adoption of the good leadership model being laid down by the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
While the Chairman appreciated the Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, he further encouraged the residents of the community present during the inspection exercise to continue their revamped support towards the successful administration of the Governor.
The TIC Chairman train further moved around Oko-Olowo axis as well to insect some boreholes and Modern public Toilet sites as well which came as a surprise to most of the workers. While he commended the dedication of the Oko-Olowo residents he further implored them as well to stick to their continued support for the local and state Government at large making another vow to continue his good works.
The residents of Oko-Olowo area of Ilorin South LGA commended the tremendous efforts of the TIC Chairman and wished him well in his various endeavours.
The inspection exercise shall continue across all other sites as well as stated by the Chairman.
KOPAN Condoles With Former Minister Bolaji Abdullahi Over Mother’s Death
Kwara Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, KOPAN has mourned the death of Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi, the Mother of the Former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi.
KOPAN in a condolence message signed by the Association Interim Chairman, Ogbeni Hammed Adedayo Said, said;
“On behalf of the members of our prestigious association, KOPAN, we sympathise with a brother and a senior colleague, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, on the demise of his beloved mother, Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi.”
He further said “Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your mother! No one can replace her but Almighty can comfort you.
May Allah repose her soul. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire Abdulahi family!”
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