Students of state Science College, Kagara, Niger State, have shared their experience in captivity.
Armed men had invaded the varsity on February 17, whisking staff and students into the forest after operating unchallenged for over two hours.
After meeting with Governor Abubakar Sani Bello at the govt house, Minna, on Saturday, the scholars narrated what they went through.
Twenty-year-old Abubakar Sidi, an SS3 student, said they were punished supported their parents’ occupation.
“We didn’t get food to eat till night the primary day but they later fed us, and after feeding us they asked us about our parents’ occupation. ‘If your father may be a policeman, come here.’ ‘If your father may be a soldier, come here.’
“They beat us seriously but the beating has supported the occupation of our fathers. I wish I could die because the beating was an excessive amount. it had been really tough within the forest.”
Mahmood Mohammed, another student, said he was delighted to possess the chance to reunite together with his loved ones.
“I faced hell in captivity; it had been tough in the least. I didn’t even know that I will be able to begin again. I felt inside the bush and that they didn’t look out for me… I’m very happy because God has allowed me to reunite with my loved ones.
“We are happy to ascertain all the govt officials who came calling at their numbers to welcome us. This has shown to us the extent of concern they need towards us while we were within the wilderness. My decision of going back to the varsity is within the hands of my parents, ” he said.
The girls among them couldn’t be twiddling my thumbs tears. those that were approached cried without saying a word.
Some of the oldsters lamented that they weren’t allowed to talk with their children.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jonathan, the mother of an SS 2 student, said she didn’t sleep throughout the times her childhood spent in captivity.
“I haven’t spoken with him yet but I even have been seeing him around and that we have waved at one another. I thank God that he came out alive. My child won’t return thereto school again and he won’t attend private school again,” she said.