15 Niger kidnap victims escape from Zamfara forest as drunken guard sleeps off

NOT less than 15 persons recently abducted by bandits in Tegina town of Niger State on Sunday escaped from their captors’ den in Zamfara State.

The 15 were among the adults abducted together with 156 pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamic School more than two weeks ago but were said to be separated from the children before been taken to a forest in Zamfara State.

It was reliably learnt that on Friday night, the 15 victims managed to open the door of the house in which they were locked in the forest after the bandits stationed to guard them were deeply asleep as a result of drunkenness.

It was also gathered that the escapees moved in different directions so that they will not arouse suspicion from other bandits in the forest.

Some of the victims managed to come out from a bush around Zaria and sought the help of some military personnel who helped them in calling their people in Niger State.

One of the escapees, who first arrived in Tegina, broke the news which made the Niger State Government to immediately swing into action to assist the remaining victims.

It was gathered that the escapee was admitted at a medical facility in the town for treatment.

It was also revealed that three others; a councillor, a driver and one other person escaped arrived in Tegina this Sunday morning.

Another of the escapee, it was gathered, was rescued and brought to Minna, where he was also admitted at a medical facility for treatment.

A family of some of the victims, who spoke with The PUNCH, said security operatives had been sent to the Tegina-Birnin-Gwari road to await the arrival of the remaining escapees.

He said, “They are on their way coming from Zaria right now and the vice chairman of the local government and some security agencies are awaiting their arrival. We pray they arrive safe soon.”


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