Kano Lawmaker Narrates Ordeal In Kidnappers’ Den

Garba Umar-Durbunde, the House of Representatives member that was kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday, has narrated his ordeal with his abductors. Umar-Durbunde, representing Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency of Kano State, was kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna Road while he was driving to Kano from Abuja. He was released on Wednesday after a ransom was paid.

The lawmaker told The PUNCH that the men were 14 in number and were all well armed. He said they had thought he wa an ally of Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former Kano Governor, and threatened to kill him if he could not arrange a huge sum in ransom. He confirmed that ransom was paid to secure his release but refused to say the exact amount.

“I spent over 21 hours with them and they released me about 7.30pm.

“They kidnapped me and I travelled with them for over four hours into the bush from point to point.

“I met 14 of them; they were armed to the teeth. They all carried guns, daggers and knives; it was terrible.

“At a point, they threatened that they would slaughter me. Those people are fearless, ruthless; they can kill anybody.”

Umar-Durbunde said he had to go for a medical check up immediately after his release because of the psychological trauma he faced in the hands of the abductors.

Ademola Aderele

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