Nigeria: Escape from Abduction: Kuriga Student Recounts Harrowing Experience

Nigeria: Escape from Abduction: Kuriga Student Recounts Harrowing Experience

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In the wake of the recent abduction of students from Kuriga in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, one of the fortunate escapees, Mustapha Abubakar, has bravely shared his chilling experience while in the custody of their captors. His account sheds light on the harrowing conditions endured by the kidnapped children and underscores the resilience shown by those who managed to escape the clutches of the bandits.

Mustapha Abubakar was among the 280 schoolchildren who were taken captive, but he and 27 others were able to find their way back to their families. Recounting the ordeal, Abubakar revealed that the bandits herded the children like cattle, forcing them to trek through dense bushland, often crawling on hands and knees due to exhaustion and thirst.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Abubakar described how the bandits showed little regard for the well-being of the children, some of whom were so fatigued they could barely continue. Despite the grueling journey, the bandits provided no sustenance, resorting to eating leaves and wild fruits themselves.

Amidst the chaos, Abubakar seized a moment of opportunity to escape. Hiding in a shrub that blended with his clothing, he maneuvered through the underbrush, adopting a strategy akin to that of a snake. His resourcefulness paid off as he managed to evade detection until the surroundings fell silent, allowing him to slip away unnoticed.

Navigating through the wilderness, Abubakar encountered challenges but remained determined to find safety. He eventually stumbled upon an elderly man struggling to walk and sought guidance on the nearest route to civilization. Despite his exhaustion, Abubakar pressed on, embarking on a marathon race to freedom that lasted until evening when he reached the community of Gayan.

The incident, which occurred on March 7, 2024, sent shockwaves through the Kuriga community and beyond. Bandits descended upon the LEA Primary School Kuriga during the morning assembly, kidnapping over 280 students and teachers. The swift and coordinated attack left the community reeling, with one student injured by gunfire but fortunate to survive.

As the community grapples with the aftermath of the abduction, survivors like Mustapha Abubakar serve as beacons of hope, their resilience and determination inspiring others to persevere in the face of adversity. Their stories underscore the urgent need for enhanced security measures to protect vulnerable populations and prevent such tragedies from recurring in the future.

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