*Says assailants chained us like slaves
A kidnapped man Malam Dahiru who was bailed by his younger brother at the dreaded Boro Wandu forest, about three kilometers from Gurin town in Fufore Local government of Adamawa State has told FOMBINATIMES how his younger brother, bailed him from kidnappers’ den with his own life on the account of his ill health.
The kidnappers had waylaid and abducted several owners of cows who were on a weekly routine visit to the forest yesterday (Saturday), to inspect their cows being tended by paid herdsmen.
In an interview with our reporter who was at the family house of the victim in Gurin Sunday, the released abductee said: “After our abduction, my younger brother pleaded with the abductors to release me on account of my failing health with a promise that if my ransom is not paid, the kidnappers should kill him.
“In the aftermath of our abduction, we were all chained like slaves. Knowing that I was just discharged from hospital, my younger brother pleaded with the kidnappers to release me.
“They told him they could only release me if he agrees that he will pay both my ransom and his own noting that failure to settle my ransom will cost him his life to which he agreed. It was on that account that the kidnappers released me.”
He noted that the kidnappers as at the time of filing this report did not contact the family and efforts to reach them via their confiscated mobile phones proved abortive as the kidnappers refused to pick all calls directed at their mobile phones.
“They released me after taking away my mobile phone and N8,000 cash. We have been trying to reach them through our confiscated phones but they refused to pick the calls and did not demand ransom up till now,” he said.
Four members of a family also abducted
Another abductee who simply identity himself as Malam Modibbo told FOMBINATIMES that four members of his family were among those kidnapped on the fateful Saturday morning around 7:00am.
“The kidnappers abducted four of us from the same family on our way to inspect our herds of cattle yesterday morning around 7:00 am.
” When we told them that four of us were from the same family, they decided to release me so as to come home and break the news of my brothers’ abduction being the driver of the car.
“After ransacking us and carting with our handsets and cash, they decided to release me in order to come home and relay the message to the family.
“They then chained two victims each together with chains and padlock and herded them by foot into the heart of the forest.
” We have reported the matter to the police but they are not doing anything substantial to ensure the release of the abductees.
“I suspect that the kidnappers may not be Nigerians as they mostly communicate in French although they also speak in Hausa, Fulfulde and Shuwa Arab,” he said.
Our reporter observed that friends and well wishers of the two families have suspend activities and resorted to intensive prayers for the release of the abductees as people trooped to the family houses of the victims to express their sympathy.
FOMBINATIMES has reported that six members of Gurin, a border town with Cameroon have been kidnapped on Saturday in the morning while on their way to inspect their cows which were tended by paid herdsmen in order to avert farmers/ herders clashes.
When contacted, the image maker of Adamawa State police command said efforts are being sustained to ensure the rescue of the victims and attest of the authors of the crime.