One of the 80 female students of an Islamic school in Katsina State who was abducted by gunmen on her way home from Maulidi told BBC Hausa about the ordeal they went through before being rescued.
We talked to the girl after getting her father’s permission.
The 16-year-old girl, whose name has been withheld, said that after being abducted by gunmen, they were taken into a coma, which was at night when there was no light but darkness, so they would not know. no matter where they are.
“They asked me to take off my hijab and I refused. They beat me up, called someone to take off my hijab, and again they refused.
“They pushed us into a hole and dragged us to the ground. They said whoever shouted, they had to kill him.”
How were they saved?
A spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command told BBC Hausa that the robbers abducted four women in the village of Dan Baure in the area, where they encountered Islamists on their way home from Maulidi.
“Eighty students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta, came from a birthday party in Alkasim area of Dandume and were joined by four people who stole 12 cows,” said ASP Isa.
“Then some came and told us what was going on and we sent our officers in a joint operation with the army and the guerrillas to defeat the thieves.”
According to a police spokesman, the incident resulted in the death and injury of the robbers although their number is still unknown.
“We feel violent, we feel like we are not in the world, because of the violence, the children are gathered and they are all girls and little boys,” said the father of one of the rescued children.
The abduction comes less than a week after the abduction of 344 students from Kankara Secondary School in Katsina State, who were later rescued by security forces.
Northwestern Nigeria, particularly Katsina and Zamfara states, is experiencing an increase in security problems, including attacks and kidnappings.