“one in every of them informed me he would cease kidnapping if he will get N100 million, or if he succeeds in kidnapping President Muhammadu Buhari, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. In fact I laughed, and requested him if he’s certain he desires to ever cease. He laughed, too, and stated sure, however after he achieves his goal”
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These had been the phrases of Salisu Mu’azu Jos, a Kannywood director, actor and producer, who was just lately kidnapped, alongside two others, close to Jingir village of Bassa LGA, Plateau State, whereas on the way in which again to Jos from Kaduna.
Mu’azu recounts his expertise with the abductors on this interview with Day by day Belief Saturday, the place he additionally revealed a number of the Kidnap victims had been shot useless.
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Learn excerpts: from the interview beneath
Day by day Belief: Are you able to recall the occasions of the day you had been kidnapped?
Salisu Mu’azu: I and my elder brother, Sani Mu’azu Jos, and two others – Danlami Yanke-Yanke and Andy Bature, attended a convention organized by Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) on Small and Medium Enterprise in Kaduna. After the convention, we left Kaduna to Jos at 4:00pm. We stopped at Saminaka and broke our quick, then continued with our journey till we reached a forest close to Jingir village. Instantly, we heard gunshots, and a few folks with flashlights requested us to cease. We stopped, they usually dragged us out and began to hit us. My brother, [actor/director] Sani [Mu’azu] fell down. I informed them he was sick, and that we had been even getting back from hospital, so that they stopped beating him. They took him again to the place we parked our automobile, and gave him his cellphone again. They requested him if he may drive, and he stated sure, so that they let him go. Curiously, afterward, one of many kidnappers informed me that they we had been solely their targets, and their informants had been trailing us from Saminaka.
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DT: What number of kidnappers had been there?
Mu’azu: It was unclear initially, however later when every thing was calm, I later counted them to be eight, all roughly aged 20 or much less, and all positively of Fulani extraction. DT: Again to the incident.
What occurred subsequent?
Mu’azu: After they let my brother go, they dragged us into the pitch-black forest. They took us at about 8pm, and we trekked in darkness for nearly six hours earlier than they allowed us to take a bit of relaxation. A bit later, they requested me who they need to contact to demand for ransom. Additionally they requested how a lot I may afford to pay, and I informed them N1million, they usually instantly started to hit me. That’s when it dawned on me how deep a large number I used to be in. After the beating stopped, they requested us to proceed trekking. We quickly received to a hill, climbed it, and received down. We received to the foot of one other hill, which had a cave the place they clearly use as their base of operations. They didn’t take us contained in the cave, although. They tied us outdoors for the entire three days; rain fell on us, the solar shined on us, and never even as soon as did any of them ask about our well-being. There was nothing like meals. In the event that they seen we had been exhausted, they might pluck mangoes for us. They gave us rain water to drink. Satirically, they might drive us to thank them for the fruits and water, and likewise pray for them. However on their half, they ate good meals. They’d meals flasks, they usually ship one in every of them to purchase meals.
DT: Did you see every other of their victims at their camp?
Mu’azu: We solely noticed one different particular person, tied up. They later shot him useless, after they requested him thrice how a lot he may pay as ransom and he simply stored mute. One of many kidnappers simply shot him. Initially, I used to be very afraid of them, as a result of they threatened to kill us, they usually weren’t pleasant by any stretch of the creativeness. They didn’t have interaction us in any dialog, both, other than how ransom might be paid. However later, after we had been making progress on the cost, they even turned courteous, and engaged us in small discuss. They at all times known as Yanke-Yanke, who’s a comic, to speak with them. He would make them snicker, they usually quickly turned pleasant. I, however, am like an introvert; I began speaking to them after we agreed on a ransom. Considered one of them informed me to wish for them to cease kidnapping, to not meet their waterloo, only for them to give up. One other one in every of them informed me he would cease kidnapping if he will get N100 million, or if he succeeds in kidnapping President Muhammadu Buhari, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. In fact I laughed, and requested him if he’s certain he desires to ever cease. He laughed, too, and stated sure, however after he achieves his goal. Pondering again, many issues crossed my thoughts: I stored considering that I may die any minute, and I remembered nice moments, in addition to tough ones shared with my household. Then later I began wanting on the situation like a film, and even informed myself I’ve gotten a script to make a movie out of.
DT: There are conflicting tales concerning the quantity paid earlier than your launch: One said that you simply paid N10 million, and one other stated N3.5 million. May you please clear the air on that?
Mu’azu: At first, they demanded for N10 million. However after they understood we don’t have that type of cash, we began negotiating. Lastly, they agreed to gather the sum of N3.5 million.
DT: How did you discover your solution to Jos after the ransom was paid?
Mu’azu: After they shared the ransom, they confirmed us a bush path and informed us it will take us to a village, from the place we may hop on an Okada to take us to the primary highway. We received misplaced, however quickly came across some folks loading firewood onto a truck. We defined our state of affairs, they usually provided us a experience, to a village known as Mariri, in Lere LGA of Kaduna state. Later, we discovered our solution to Jos. Our reunion with our households was a tearful one certainly.
DT: As a survivor, what’s your name to authorities and safety companies on kidnapping?
Mu’azu: What I perceive is we have to swing into motion with the intention to deal with the menace. The federal government and safety companies should work more durable to curtail it. I imply, the criminals are all roughly 20-years-old, and even youthful, they usually had shiny new AK-47s. The place did they get the weapons from? It’s obligatory for presidency to finish kidnapping. They’re youths, getting tens of millions of naira criminally. That type of factor can and can unfold, particularly to tens of millions of jobless youths in the event that they notice that they’ll get large cash. Authorities also needs to do extra within the space of job-creation, training, and all these essential elements of improvement.