In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, August, 2020

Nigerian Lady Who Was Kidnapped By Boko Haram Reveals The Surprising Issues That Occurred

Nigerian Woman Who Was Kidnapped By Boko Haram Reveals The Shocking Things That Happened

Adarju Juliet

Adarju Juliet

Adarju Juliet is a 28-year-old dealer who was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram members on her method to Maiduguri, Borno State. She shares her ordeal with ALEXANDER OKERE

Are you able to introduce your self?

My identify is Adarju Adamu Juliet. I’m 28 years previous. I’m a dealer. I’m from the Askira/Uba Native Authorities Space of Borno State.

Are you married?

No.

The place do you reside?

I keep in Maiduguri however I’m in Damaturu, Yobe State, at present.

Why did you relocate to Damaturu?

I used to be not comfy in Maiduguri following the incident that occurred?

Are you able to narrate what occurred?

Early in January, 2020, my mom fell unwell. So, my elder sister informed me to deliver her to Maiduguri for remedy. On our method to Maiduguri, alongside Damaturu highway, we heard gunshots. The individuals who fired the photographs got here out with their faces coated and stopped us. Three of us within the automobile had been girls. The armed males requested for our names and faith. These of us who recognized ourselves as Christians had been separated and I used to be the one woman amongst them. After that, they collected all we had and informed our driver to go away with my mom as a result of they might take me away.

What occurred to the remaining passengers?

They launched them and informed the motive force to go with out the three of us. I used to be the one woman amongst them. They order us into the bush. As we had been strolling, they requested me once more if I’m a Christian. They requested me whether or not I might deny my religion in order that they would set me free. However I refused. They requested me if I wished to be like Leah Sharibu and I mentioned sure. So, they launched the 2 different passengers who had been Muslims.

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Did they let you know whether or not Leah Sharibu is alive or lifeless?

They mentioned she is alive.

 

Did they let you know the place she is?

No. They mentioned she was married to their commander.

Had been your abductors Boko Haram members?

A few of them had been Boko Haram members whereas some had been a bunch of kidnappers working from the bush and working with Boko Haram. The insurgents used to return to our location to ask the abductors the variety of victims that they had of their custody. They collected cash from the abductors any time they got here, and if the sufferer is a girl, they took her away.

What did your abductors do subsequent?

They informed me to decide on between denying my religion in order to regain my freedom or they might name a Boko Haram member to take me to Sambisa forest. I wept and informed them I might not deny my religion. I cried all through that day as a result of my mom was sick and didn’t know anyplace in Maiduguri.

Did they demand a ransom from your loved ones?

They informed me to offer them the cellphone variety of any of my guardians in order that they might inform my household that I had been kidnapped. However I informed them that my dad is late and I didn’t have anybody; it’s my pastor that has been a father to me. Really, my dad died once I was three years previous. They collected my pastor’s quantity and informed him that his daughter had been kidnapped. They informed him that they had not concluded on whether or not they would kill me, give me away to the Boko Haram insurgents or acquire a ransom. After calling the household of a sufferer, they take away the SIM card and discard it. After they noticed that I was crying as a result of I used to be apprehensive about my mom’s whereabouts, they determined to not give me away to the Boko Haram insurgents. However they argued amongst themselves on this earlier than reaching a conclusion to gather a ransom for my launch.

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How a lot did they demand out of your guardian?

They demanded N5m.

What did he say?

He pleaded with them to not damage me as he would search for the cash and provides it to them. He additionally pleaded with them to cut back the ransom to N2m they usually agreed. The individuals who kidnapped me had been over 50 in quantity. Whereas I used to be there, some Boko Haram members got here and informed my abductors that they weren’t comfy with my presence within the forest. They informed the abductors to launch me for a ransom or kill me as a result of they didn’t like me and didn’t wish to see my face. So, my abductors known as me pastor and threatened to kill me after three days, if he didn’t deliver the cash.

Was the ransom paid?

The pastor tried his finest, with the assistance of different Christians, to boost N1.5m. They informed him to deliver the N1.5m as a result of they had been beneath stress from Boko Haram to both launch me or kill me. They informed the pastor how you can ship the cash to them. They later dumped me someplace and informed me to seek out my approach from there.

How did you discover your approach dwelling?

After I bought to a significant highway, I cried for assist earlier than I used to be assisted by some individuals.

What number of days did you spend in captivity?

I spent two weeks and a few days.

Had been you maltreated by your abductors?

I used to be overwhelmed on the primary day and I spent every week with out consuming. However they gave me water within the second week. I later fell unwell and had pneumonia.

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Had been you sexually assaulted?

No.

Had been there different victims there with you?

Sure. There was a policeman who was kidnapped and his spouse was informed to pay a ransom. When the spouse introduced the cash, she got here along with her child and her husband’s pal who had a gun. When the abductors realised that her husband’s pal had a gun, they killed the policeman, his spouse, the child and his pal. They had been shot.

Had been they shot in your presence?

I heard the gunshots. However they later confirmed me the corpses and warned that they could do the identical factor to my pastor. There was additionally a girl who was swallowed by a python within the forest.

How did that occur?

The woman was making an attempt to flee when she encountered the python.

Did you see the python swallowing the woman?

Sure.

Did you recognise the language spoken by your abductors?

They spoke Fulani and Kanuri however slightly Hausa.

Do you propose to return to Maiduguri?

I have no idea for now.

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Supply: Saturday PUNCH

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