A graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University , Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State , Motunrayo Rafiu , who was abducted by suspected kidnappers in the Kabba area of Kogi State, on Tuesday said her abductors were Fulani herdsmen.
She noted that the hoodlums were, however , disguised in army uniform. PUNCH Metro had reported that Rafiu was abducted on February 4 , 2020, while she was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School .
It was gathered that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone, she was declared missing by her friends , who posted her pictures on social media .
Rafiu, who spent six days in the kidnappers’ den, was released on Sunday after the family paid a ransom of N1 m
Narrating her experience with the abductors, the 22 – year – old noted that she and other victims were made to walk barefooted in what she described as a wilderness .
She said, “ While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School , Abuja , just before Obajana in Kogi State , we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol . But all of a sudden, they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety. They, however , caught up with us .
“At first , I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns . You don’t have a choice but to cooperate with them .
“Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness . We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den ; we were treated like cows . If you dared to walk behind them , they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows .
“When we got to their base, some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers . I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers; we were given rice and palm oil to eat .
“I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything . While I was there , I believed that I would come out alive ; I encouraged the other victims .”
On the ransom , she said , “When they demanded N5 m from my family , I told them the situation of things at home and where my mother works so the ransom was reduced to N1 m , while others paid N2 m and above , depending on their status . No one should go through this kind of experience.”