The senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Federal University, Lafia, Mr Clement Uhembe, abducted by suspected bandits on Tuesday has recounted his ordeal to Saturday PUNCH after regaining freedom.
Uhembe who is a also the immediate past Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State, was released by his abductors and he reunited with his family at about 9pm on Thursday after payment of an undisclosed amount as ransom.
He was kidnapped at his personal house at Akunza Migili, on the outskirts of Lafia, and his abductors demanded N30m as ransom.
Uhembe, recounting his ordeal in an interview with the Saturday PUNCH, said he saw hell in the kidnappers’ den, adding that he was chained for three days without food.
He said, “My abductors chained me throughout the time I was in captivity and threatened me not to talk too much because I was trying to make them see reason while they should denounce their criminal ways and find legitimate means of livelihood'
“I trekked for about six hours with them from my house where I was kidnapped to a thick forest around the Adogi area of Lafia. There are many other victims abducted from different parts of the country who are still being held in that forest. I observed that they have a strong network and a unique way of communication within the forest”
However, he said he was handed over to another set of the abductors on reaching the forest on the day he was kidnapped.
“They run shifts. Some of them will go out and abduct their victims and hand them over to another set of people upon getting to the forest. Those ones are responsible for chaining and monitoring the victims’’
“The kidnappers camping in that forest are in large numbers. Ten people abducted me. Out of this number, eight were armed with AK47 rifles while the remaining two had machetes and other sharp objects”