From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The rescued member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly who was kidnapped by gunmen in Toro Local Government Area of the state has declared that his kidnap and eventual release was an act of God.
It could be recalled that the member representing Jemma constituency on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Honourable Yusuf Nuhu, was kidnapped by gunmen in his home on 3rd of March 2014 but was finally rescued by the police after a gun battle between the gunmen and the police. The gig battle resulted into the death of a 10 year old girl that was hit by a strayed bullet.
Nuhu while speaking with newsmen yesterday at Bauchi state Police command shortly after press briefing on his rescue by the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan, “My kidnapping is not the hand work of my political opponent but it happen the way God wants it. I learnt a lot; I learnt it was a test from God because I never taught I will find myself in such situation. Being kidnapped and come out alive, I thank almighty Allah for saving my life.
According to him “it was a terrible experience because I have never found myself in such situation. I was with them for 10 days in a bush. I was given some kinds of foods but I only ate biscuits in order not to have stomach upset.
“I cannot identify any of them because my face was covered throughout the 10 days I spent with them and I was not able to communicate with my family members. They don’t discuss anything in my presence, they always move far away from me while communicating with themselves.
When asked if ransom was paid to the kidnappers, Hon Nuhu said” there is nothing like that.
Briefing Newsmen, the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan said the lawmaker was rescued by Police on 13th of March 2014 with support from Vigilante group.
He said “joint police and vigilante group while on rescue operation at Rimin Zayen in Toro LGA had a fierce gun battle with the gunmen suspected to be the kidnappers of Hon Nuhu. As a result, a strayed bullet hit a 10 year-old Hauwau Auwaly on her leg. She later died at the hospital while receiving treatment.
“The suspects abandoned their Golf 3 vehicle with Reg no MKT 553 AA and escaped into bush with bullet wounds, while the Hon member also escaped and hid in the bush and was later rescued, he said”.
Items recovered from the suspected kidnappers according to the Commissioner are 8 rounds of unexpended ammunition of SMG riffle, 5 expanded ammunition of 7.62mm, 2 Gulf 3 vehicles, a SIM card and other incriminating items.