Bandits severely punished Kagara students who are children of security operatives

Some students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State who regained freedom after being abducted by unknown gunmen, have shared their experience in captivity.

Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello, receives freed Kagara schoolboys and their teachers (photos)

Recall that the gunmen had invaded the school on February 17, whisking staff and students into the forest after operating unchallenged for over two hours.


Some of the students narrated their experience after meeting with Governor Abubakar Sani Bello at government house in Minna on Saturday February 27.


Twenty-year-old Abubakar Sidi, an SS3 student, said they were punished based on their parents’ occupation. He told Daily Trust that those who were children of security operatives, were punished severely.


He said;


“We didn’t get food to eat till night the first day but they later fed us, and after feeding us they asked us about our parents’ occupation. ‘If you father is a policeman, come here.’ ‘If your father is a soldier, come here.’

“They beat us seriously but the beating was based on the occupation of our fathers. I wish I could die because the beating was too much. It was really tough in the forest.”


Mahmood Mohammed, another student, said he was delighted having the opportunity to reunite with his loved ones.


He said;


“I faced hell in captivity; it was not easy at all. I did not even know that I will come out again. I felt inside the bush and they didn’t take care of me… I am very happy because God has given me the opportunity to reunite with my loved ones.

“We are happy to see all the government officials who came out in their numbers to welcome us. This has shown to us the level of concern they have towards us while we were in the wilderness. My decision of going back to the school is in the hands of my parents.”

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