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Bandits wanted to marry us – Zamfara school girl

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Hunainatu Abubakar, one of the abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state, says their abductors asked them to pray for them to become good citizens.

Abubakar said they were ridiculed and called many bad names. “They threatened to kill us and then later, they asked us to pray for them to be good citizens and that we should teach them English so that they could speak.

“They also threatened to rape us but their leader warned them against that. They always added sand to our foods and only allowed us to dig for water with our fingers at a drying pond,” she said.

“Some of the bandits even asked if we will marry them but none of us responded and so they said they would be looking for those with big eyes and kill them.”

She further explained that although they were taken at night through the back of their school, she could trace the location and can still remember their faces if she saw any of them. She said one of the students also saw her father who was kidnapped over three months ago but he cautioned them against showing any relationship with him to avoid being killed, explaining that most of her school mates returned from captivity with wounds and swollen legs because they were asked to leave their shoes on the day of the kidnap.

She revealed that the abductors made them sleep in the open but hid them whenever the sound of a helicopter in a search-and-rescue mission flew past.

Another of the girls, Hafsat Anka, equally disclosed that their abductors threatened to kill, fry and eat them if they misbehaved.

Hafsat said they trekked over a long distance from the school and had a stopover for some hours before they reached their destination.

The student who said she would continue her studies as a day student revealed that the bandits wore military uniforms and claimed they defeated the security officials by invading the school. “There was no clean water or good food, and we felt we had already spent years even though it was our first day and the bandits kept firing into the air to scare us.

“They were very young boys with one elder they called Kasalle or Yaya who gave them instructions, and he was the one that stopped them from touching any of us,” Hafsat added.

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