A sixteen-year-old Tanimu Ashafa from Zurmi local government area, Zamfara state, has disclosed how he missed writing his Senior School Certificate Examination while in bandits’ captivity for seven months.
Ashafa was in his final year when suspected armed bandits struck in Zurmi and abducted him, his brother’s wife and 12 others in January this year.
The student was among those recently released by the bandits under a new peace deal initiated by the state government, with the bandits.
Ashafa, who spoke to our correspondent shortly after they arrived government house before being taken to a hospital for medical check-up, said he would go back to school to complete his education.
He said he had taken what happen to him as the will of his Creator.
He said the bandits drove them to Rukuduwa forest and kept them for seven months despite their family’s redemption of the N1.5 million ransom demanded by their captors.
“We saw hell in the kidnappers’ den. No enough food, no medical attention and no good shelter. I cried till my eyes became dried. I later resigned to fate and submitted to the will of Almighty Allah and prayed that one day we will be free again,” Ashafa said.
He said he was a student of Government Arabic Secondary School, Zurmi and was in his final year when he was abducted.
He thanked the state government and the Commissioner of Police for rescuing them.
A resident, Ashiru Zurmi, said the armed bandits had last Tuesday dropped the captives near Gobirawa, a village located five kilometres from Zurmi town.
However, the state police commissioner, Mr Usman Nagogo told our correspondent that the armed men had earlier informed him about their plans to free the captives after series of “nail biting negotiations.”
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