In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, June, 2020

My Kidnappers Mentioned They Would not Thoughts Going To Hell

My Kidnappers Said They Wouldn't Mind Going To Hell


Bishop Joseph Masin

Chairman of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria in Nasarawa State, who just lately regained his freedom days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in his residence, Bishop Joseph Masin, 78, shares his expertise with UMAR MUHAMMED

When armed males got here to your own home round 12 midnight to kidnap you, what got here to your thoughts whenever you noticed them?

Once I noticed them, what got here to my thoughts was that they need to not contact my household because it was me they got here for. I spent two days with my kidnappers – that’s, Thursday and Friday. I used to be launched on Saturday.

How scared had been you to your life and the lives of your loved ones?

The reality is that I wasn’t scared for my life as a result of nothing occurs with out God’s permission. God was the one who permitted them to return to my home and it was additionally God that allowed them to take me. If God had not allowed it, they wouldn’t have come to my home.

The place had been you taken to?

I used to be taken to at least one mountain that I didn’t know. I had by no means seen such a mountain earlier than in my life. It was a very thick forest and in every single place was darkish.

What number of had been your assailants?

Greater than 10 males got here to my home in Bukan-sidi right here in Lafia, however there have been solely three individuals within the forest with me the place they took me and all of them had been Fulani, however not Nigerian Fulani. They appeared like regular human beings and so they had been younger.

How had been you handled throughout your time within the forest?

I used to be assured. In truth, they advised me that in the event that they didn’t get what they wanted, they’d kill me. Proper from right here, they stated I ought to give them no matter I had and I advised them I didn’t have cash. So after they communicated with my son, they advised him that in the event that they didn’t get the ransom, they’d kill me. However I advised them I was not afraid of demise.

What did they offer you to eat?

They gave me nothing however once I noticed them taking garri and so they requested me to take garri with them, I refused. One of them introduced mangoes and I ate the mangoes.

 

Had been you allowed to learn the Bible and pray?

I didn’t go there with a Bible; they kidnapped me whereas it was raining closely. If I had taken a Bible alongside, it could have been destroyed. I used to be solely meditating on the phrases of God as a result of the Bible was already in my coronary heart. I meditated and didn’t pray aloud or shout. One among them requested if I used to be praying and I stated sure. I advised them that they stated they had been Muslims and for the 2 days we had been collectively, I didn’t see any of them praying like Muslims. They stated they knew what they had been doing was dangerous.

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Did they’ve discussions with you?

What they stated was that if I didn’t present the cash, they’d kill me.

Had been there different victims with you?

No, the place I used to be taken, I used to be the one particular person there, except for the three Fulani guys with me. They had been younger guys and had AK47 rifles and machetes with them.

What did they are saying was their purpose for kidnapping you?

They stated some folks despatched them to kidnap and kill me. I requested them in the event that they knew the explanation why I used to be not afraid of demise. They stated no, so I advised them it was as a result of I didn’t offend them or the person who despatched them to my home. And that in the event that they killed me, I’d go straight to God. Then I requested the place they’d go in the event that they died. They stated really what they had been doing was incorrect and that they’d not see God however go to hell fireplace in the event that they died. So I advised them to repent as a result of it could be higher for them than to do evil.

How previous are you now?

I’m 78 years previous.

Did they threaten to kill you?

No, they didn’t assault or insult me. What they solely did was to demand cash from me. They solely insisted that they’d kill me however they didn’t threaten me.

Why had been you launched?

Properly, I don’t know why they launched me however one among them stated, ‘Baba, we see that your blood is simply too robust and that if we kill you, all of us will die so we is not going to kill you, we are going to mean you can go.’ I don’t know why they stated that.

Did they mean you can speak to your loved ones whereas with them?

Sure, they allowed me to speak with my household whereas I used to be there in order that they’d be inspired to search for the ransom. Initially, they requested for N50m and I advised them I didn’t have the cash. Then they decreased it to N15m and later to N10m. Once I requested them why they took me there, they stated somebody requested them to kill me, however they didn’t point out the identify of the particular person. They stated the particular person was a Christian like me and even until now, I don’t suspect anyone round me.

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At what level do you know you’ll be launched?

Properly, God spoke to me; he stated, ‘My son, I’m going to launch you.’ I heard the voice in my coronary heart and even rebuked my coronary heart and stated, ‘My coronary heart, I’m now on the level of demise; why are you telling me that I’d be launched?’ However God advised me that He created me and that He would launch me.

How did you’re feeling whenever you had been launched?

I felt pleasure in my coronary heart figuring out I’d be reunited with my household. So I thank God for touching their hearts and guaranteeing that I used to be launched and reunited with my household.

How lengthy did the journey to the abductors’ den take you from your own home?

We left right here (my home) round 1am and we arrived there round 5am or 6am. I didn’t know the time however I bear in mind we arrived there at nearly dawn.

How did you get residence from there?

They took me to a spot at Mada station and requested me to attend there for them. I lay down there and waited for them however didn’t see them once more. So I started to seek out my method out of there; I adopted the instructions the place sounds got here from and acquired to a village known as Ngoshi.

How did you’re feeling whenever you noticed your loved ones?

I felt pleasure; particularly I had left my household and had no hope of coming again. I felt very completely satisfied to return residence and see my household once more. I additionally prayed that God ought to contact the hearts and lives of such folks (kidnappers) whereas speaking to them within the bush in order that they’d cease their acts of wickedness and repent. I don’t want them demise; I want they’d stay to repent of their sins and meet the Creator and stay.

Are you scared that it’d occur once more or to somebody you recognize?

Properly, I can’t have such an creativeness in my spirit and the reason being that whenever you assume an excessive amount of, it offers you hypertension. So, one factor I do is to wish that God ought to not enable this type of factor to occur to me once more or to any of the individuals I really like. It’s harmful. If it had been somebody God didn’t keep with to strengthen them, that particular person would die. It was unusual how at 78, God gave me the energy to climb that massive mountain and allowed me to be alive at this time. I’m joyful.

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What had been the contributions of the Christian neighborhood and the police in securing your freedom?

I wouldn’t know; my son is in a greater place to clarify that. What I do know is that individuals prayed for me, together with Muslims. Even after I used to be launched, many Muslims nonetheless got here and prayed for me.

What else did you discover concerning the kidnappers?

I observed they wished to be wealthy. They wished to have cash and spend as they preferred. Within the bush, I heard them talking with ladies and telling them how they deliberate to take pleasure in with them. I’ve requested God to forgive them as a result of they’re younger – between 18 and 20 years previous. So, they don’t actually find out about life. It’s a pity that such younger males, who’re supposed to interact in constructive issues that will assist them and their future, are doing evil. I’m not speaking about the blokes who kidnapped me alone however all the abductors on this nation. God ought to change their hearts and make them go away their evil methods and do His will.

What recommendation do you’ve for the state authorities on how they will guarantee safety of lives and property?

I would like them to place in additional effort and be proactive in order that such issues is not going to be taking place within the state. I’m completely satisfied the information went far and vast and was introduced in every single place however that is just not sufficient. I would like them to get the required tools that can assist them combat such felony actions.

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Supply: Sunday PUNCH

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