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 up and shoot in the air, saying they are Boko Haram and they acknowledged only Islamic knowledge.
“We fed on dates from that Friday that we were kidnapped. We were also eating an animal food from a tree commonly called ‘Kalgo’ in Hausa language. We ate that 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 not listen to us.
”We later reached a place where we rested and were given the usual food. 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.”
”But they were talking on the phone until they finally took us on motorcycles to a safe ground and released us.