At least 15 persons recently abducted by bandits in Tegina town of Niger State yesterday escaped from their captors’ den in Zamfara State.
More than two weeks ago 156 pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamic School were abducted together with adults of which the 15 were among but were said to be separated from the children before they were taken to a forest in Zamfara State.
It was reliably learnt that on Friday night, the 15 victims craftily managed to open the door of the house in which they were locked in the forest after the bandits assigned to guard them were drunkenly asleep.
TVR Correspondent also gathered that the escapees moved in different directions, making sure not to arouse suspicion from other bandits in the forest.
Some of the victims were able to come out from a bush around Zaria and sought the help of some military personnel who helped them in calling their people in Niger State.
One of the escapees, who arrived in Tegina, broke the news which made the Niger State Government to immediately swing into action to assist the remaining victims.
It was gathered that the escapee was admitted at a medical facility in the town for treatment.
It was also revealed that three others; a driver, a councillor and one other person also escaped and arrived in Tegina yesterday morning.
Similarly, another escapee was rescued and brought to Minna, where he was also admitted at a medical facility for treatment.
A family of some of the victims, said security operatives had been sent to the Tegina-Birnin-Gwari road to await the arrival of the remaining escapees.
“They are on their way coming from Zaria right now” he said, “and the vice chairman of the local government and some security agencies are awaiting their arrival. We pray they arrive safe soon.”
Favour Anthonia Adeniyi.