We trekked for 8 hours, ate animal food – Kankara schoolboy narrates

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Some of the students told The Nation 344 of them trekked all the way in the forest, hiding with the bandits as there vehicle to convey them.

Aliyu Husseni, a 19-year old SS2 student in the , said he could estimate the distance they trekked, saying he with his brother, Jani Husseni, kidnapped with him.

Aliyu said: “We trekked for eight hours non-stop. Only the younger ones among us did cry, and the bandits, in response, would raise their guns and shoot in the air, saying they are and they acknowledged only Islamic knowledge.

”They took us to big rock where we slept for just hour before we continued to a big mountain where each time they saw a (aircraft) they would ask us to lie down.

“We fed on dates Friday we were kidnapped. We were also eating an animal a tree commonly called ‘Kalgo’ in Hausa language. We ate until Sunday evening when we were given potatoes and kulikuli (groundnut cake) before the journey continued.

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“We were crying because we were tired and hungry, but they would listen to us.

”We later reached a place where we rested and were given the usual . Once you collect your ration, they would beat you as you were going.

“Whenever we wanted to drink water, we did so like animals, putting our mouths to the ground.”

Asked whether paid for their , he said: “I don’t know. But some are saying they collected while some are of the view that they did .

”But they were talking on the phone until they finally took us on motorcycles to a safe ground and released us.

‘’Although we promised them that we would not return to , we know that we are only loyal to the decisions of our parents. Whatever they say is what we do.”

The Nation