15 victims of the 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamic School kidnap, which occurred in late May have escaped from the den of their abductors. They were able to escape from captivity after realizing their abductors were drunk and fast asleep. The escapees were adults captured with the pupils.
Sources in the area said the victims after their kidnap were separated from the children and taken to a forest in Zamfara state.
It was however gathered that the victims tactically opened the door of a house in which they were kept in the forest when their guards fell asleep after drinking.
They fled in different directions in order not to fall into the hands of other bandits in the forest. There are several gangs of bandits in the area and in most Northern states.
An escapee who got to Tegina first informed the people, prompting Niger state government to begin working toward assisting other victims.
The escapee is said to be hospitalised for treatment.
Further information revealed that three other victims among the escapees arrived Tegina in the early hours of Sunday, while one of them who was rescued was brought to Minna where he is receiving treatment.
Other escapees are in Zaria, it has since been learnt.
Meanwhile, the security operatives and the vice chairman of Kagara local government were said to have been sent to the Tegina-Birnin Gwari road to await the arrival of the remaining 10 escapees.
The source said they would be brought to Minna for proper attention.
The news of the escapees raises hope that the 156 children also picked by the bandits will soon regain their freedom.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.