How Fulani herder aided escape of Baptist school student

Peoples Daily

3 hours ago

From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

While the euphoria over the released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School was still on, another set of three students were welcomed home by their parents on Sunday night.

This set, like the other two rescued by personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command last week, took a  chance and escaped from their abductors.

One of the escaped students said he and two others spent three days roaming the forest and were contemplating returning to the camp of their captors before divine intervention came through a herder rearing cattle in the forest.

“On Monday, July 19, at about 6 pm, we were tasked by our captors to go and fetch firewood. With this chance, we decided to use the opportunity of not being monitored and escaped to an unknown forest. They ran after us but through God’s Mercy, they didn’t get to us”.

The student said after days of navigating aimlessly, they met a fulani man who was rearing his cow in the forest and narrated to him that they escaped from their abductors and wanted direction to go home.

He said, “the herder helped us. But he warned us against disclosing that he assisted us.

“We were roaming around the forest since on Monday 19th July, 2021, without food but God saved and delivered us and we were united with our parents on Sunday 25th evening.”

According to him, the herder took them in and fed them until Sunday morning, before telling them the path to follow to  kasuwan Magani, located in Kajuru Local Government Area.

“When we got to Kajuru, one of us who remembered his father’s phone number  begged someone who assisted with his phone and the father came and picked us from there last night,” the student said.

The three students are at different hospitals at the time of filing this report.

When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige of Kaduna State Command was contacted on phone, he said they were yet to get the details of the three escaped students.

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