Nigerian man, Suleiman Ibrahim, who was kidnapped together with a Kaduna Polytechnic lecturer, Engr. Ramatu Abarshi and her daughter Ameera, has said that it was by divine intervention that he escaped being killed by his kidnappers.
Ibrahim was driving a Golf car when the trio were kidnapped along the Kachia-Kaduna highway.
Speaking after he regained freedom, Ibrahim said one of the bandits kingpins, nicknamed Kachalla Doctor, had planned to kill him and the lecturer then keep the lecturer’s daughter Ameera as his 6th wife,.
He said: “Kachalla and many other bandits lived a life of affluence in the forest where they normally turned sacks full of money into pillows.”
Ibrahim said one of the bandits leaders had even asked the KADPOLY lecturer if she could pave way for him to buy a mansion in Kaduna where he could live and enjoy his retirement.
He continued: “Sometimes you hear them sending 10, 20 millions to their girlfriends.”
He explained that the bandits mostly Fulani,were so many in the Birnin-Gwari forest and possessed big weapons, where they lived with their wives and children.
He said: “They are in thousands. A small Army cannot defeat them.They have big guns.They are in groups each under the leadership of a kingpin.
“Even when they waylaid and kidnapped us, they came in large number, about a thousand. At that time they fired a hilux with RPG killing some of the occupants. Among those who kidnapped us were a Fulani gunman from Benin Republic.
“When they saw my driver’s licence and that of Ameera, they concluded that we were police operatives and threatened to kill us. It was one of them who could read that told them we were not police operatives.
“They took us on motorbikes, we trekked for 4 days. We were in Niger state before they brought us to Birnin Gwari forest, Buruku forest and later to a village near Sabon Birni.
“At Buruku, their wives were not happy with what they are doing. They liked Ameera and she was later taken to their place because they were indulging in rape.
“They beat me severely, it affected my kidney because I was urinating blood.We were fed with mangoes and drank murky water. A Fanta bottle of water was given for 3 to share .The same water that cows drank.
“I never thought I will escape death.Even when they released Hajiya ( the KADPOLY lecturer), I gave her my ATM card for onward delivery to my wife and asked her to tell my relations to take care of my children.
“Sometimes they also beat us.We were tied with ropes.”
He said initially, he had not planned to travel on that dangerous route but was persuaded by a nephew to the KADPOLY lecturer to leave the Samunaka – Pambeguwa Road and follow the Zangon kataf -Kachia axis where they fell into the hands of the bandits, while the nephew, suspected to have given them away to the bandits, ran away.