I saw several kidnapped Nigerians in Nasarawa forest – ex-Commissioner

From Adoyi Madaki, Lafia

Former Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State, Chief Clement Uhembe, has narrated his unpleasant three day experieince in the hands of his kidnappers who kept him in the bush without food and water until his ransom money was paid.

Chief Uhembe who is also a senior lecturer in the department of Political Science , Federal University of Lafia, was released by his abductors on October 8th at about 9:pm after an undisclosed amount of money was paid for his release.

The gunmen had in the late hours of October 6, kidnapped the former commissioner from his residence at Akunza Migili, in the outskirts of Lafia and demanded for the sum N30 million as ransom.

Uhembe while narrating his ordeal in captivity stated that he saw “hell” in the hands of the kidnappers, saying he was chained for three days without food and water.

According to him, “the abductors chained me throughout the period I was in captivity and warned me not to talk too much because I was trying to make them see reason why they should denounce their criminal ways and find legitimate means of livelihood.

“I had trekked for about six hours with them from my house where they picked me to a thick forest around the Adogi area of Lafia.

“There are many other kidnapped victims abducted from different parts of the country, who are still being held in that forest.

“I observed that they have very strong network and a unique way of communication within the forest,” he said.

The lecturer further revealed how he was handed over to another set of abductors on getting to the forest on the fateful night, while the foot soldiers whose primary duty it is to capture victims went back to their beat.

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