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Bandits tied me up without food for 48 hours – Niger commissioner
By on August 14th, 2021. Entertainment

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NIGER State Information Commissioner Mohammed Idris Sani rejoined his friends and colleagues late Thursday with a tale of woes from the den of kidnappers who had seized him on Monday night.


He is proud of the government for not yielding to threat from his abductors for ransom.

He is the latest and most prominent kidnap victim in the state since gunmen turned the hitherto peaceful state into a terror zone.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday after he was received by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Bawa Wuse and some members of the Executive Council, Idris said he was made to sleep in the rain for two days before his abductors decided to give him their own trampoline to shield him from the weather.

The commissioner called his abduction as dehumanizing, degrading and humiliating saying that he was pushed to a limit he does not wish for anybody.

“I went through a lot of trials in their hands, a lot of dehumanizing things. It is not an experience that I will pray for my greatest enemy. It was dehumanizing, humiliating and degrading,” he said.

Recalling how it all started,Sani said:”They picked me from my house after breaking all the doors. They took me to a no man’s land in the middle of nowhere. I was there exposed to the rains for 48 hours with neither food nor water given to me, with my hands and legs tied.

“Instead of them breaking me, I started breaking them. They started giving me bread and water, they untied me and they began to show concern. They gave me the trampoline they used to cover themselves when they sleep and allowed me to use it to cover myself in the rains.”


He credited God with his

His words: “nobody paid any ransom, I was not rescued, I was released. It is just a miracle. I believe that it is a miracle, God touched their hearts to release me to reunite with my family.”

He said he was the only one in the kidnappers’ den as the kidnappers described his case as a high profile kidnap that was well planned and carried out.

He alleged that his abductors came from Zamfara State and had been asked to kill him except he paid N200million.

He said:”They came with an intention that they would get N200 million from me or my life and they left with no money and with my life intact.

“The people that kidnapped me, please don’t curse them because before I left them I told them I have forgiven them.

“They promised that they would quit banditry because of me.

“They don’t know this village but they were hired from Zamfara State to kidnap me.

“They said monthly, the Niger State governor gives me N200m and if I give them less than N200m, I should be killed. I have forgiven the kidnappers and those people that hired them.”

The commissioner said he was proud that the government did not pay the ransom demanded by the bandits saying that he would have resigned if the government had intervened in his case.

He said:”I am proud to be part of this government.The first thing I did when I came out was to send a text to my Governor to thank him for having the strength of heart not to allow any state machinery intervene in my release because we decided in council that the Niger state government is averse to the payment of ransom to bandits for any situation, for any case.

“I thank the Government for standing by their word.They were able to protect the integrity of our government. I prefer to lose my life than to take the government to the washes and we succeeded.

“If the government had intervened in my case, I would have resigned because that means we would have been going back on our word.”

The kidnappers had demanded a N500million ransom.

Sani , who was abducted from his residence in Babban-Tunga community along Abuja/Kaduna highway in the state, returned home at about 9:30pm Thursday.

Kidnappers abducted about 27 students of Government Science College,Kagara,Niger State in February and another 130 students from Salihu Tanko Islamic School Tegina also in the state in May.

Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello last month signed into law a bill prescribing death by hanging for cattle rustlers, bandits, kidnappers and informants in the state.

The bill was passed by the State House of Assembly on July 1 following the recent spate of banditry including kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state.

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