More details have emerged about the ABU students who were kidnapped by bandits before regaining their freedom.
A father of one of the Ahmadu Bello University students, Zaria, Kaduna State, who was abducted a week ago, says his daughter’s kidnappers threatened to turn her into a sex slave if she did not collect the ransom they requested.
The students, from the French department, were traveling to Lagos for a program at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV) in Badagry, when they were abducted exactly one week ago.
Ashiru Zango, ABU’s chief security officer, later confirmed their release to TheCable, but did not comment on how they were released.
In a chat with TheCable, one of the parents of the kidnapped students said that he paid more than N500,000 after pleading with the kidnappers.
“They called me yesterday (Saturday) and told me that if I could not pay a million naira, they would kill the girls or marry them or use them as sex slaves.” he said.
The father, who longed for anonymity, said he expected more help from security personnel.
“Upon reaching Kaduna we were told that the security personnel were monitoring the bandits in the bush. But surprisingly, the bandits called us and told us to go and wait at the Abuja crossing. “ he said.
“They sent us a phone number to call. We called the number and the person came to take us to a car. Unbeknownst to me, the owner of the car is also a victim; his daughter was among those kidnapped.
“We drove down the Kaduna – Abuja highway, that was around 11pm to deliver the ransom and other things they demanded.”
Dickson Oko, one of the students who escaped but suffered a gunshot wound, had previously said that the kidnappers have already reached out to the students’ families to demand N30 million each for their freedom.