OOU: Fulani Herdsmen Who Abducted Me Were In Army Uniform – Motunrayo

A few days after 22-year-old alumni of OOU, Motunrayo Rafiu was freed from the den of her abductors, the young lady has come out bold to make some briefing on how she was swindled by the gunmen and her experience with them before the release.

9jatoday understands that the ex-student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, was reportedly kidnapped alongside others on 4th of February on her return to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja Campus.

Speaking about her ordeal with the kidnappers, Motunrayo stated that she and other kidnapped victims were forced to walk barefooted while they are been paraded in the bush.

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While revealing the details to newsmen on Tuesday, she noted that the people that abducted her were Fulani herdsmen, adding that they only disguised in army uniform to carry out their operations successfully.

Meanwhile, the day Motunrayo was kidnapped, friends and family became troubled and with fear declared that she was missing after trying to reach her on phone several times.

Her news, however, went viral after her friends shared her pictures on social media platforms.

Lately, after Moturanyo had spent six days with her abductors, a ransom of N1m was paid by her family and was released to them on Sunday.

Motunrayo in her details said, “While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, just before Obajana in Kogi State, we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol. But all of a sudden, they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety. They, however, caught up with us.

“At first, I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns. You don’t have a choice but to cooperate with them.

“Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness. We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den; we were treated like cows. If you dared to walk behind them, they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows.

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“When we got to their base, some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers. I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers; we were given rice and palm oil to eat.

“I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything. While I was there, I believed that I would come out alive; I encouraged the other victims.”

She added that when the herdsmen had earlier demanded N5m from her family, she narrates to them the situation of things at her home and where her mother works so the ransom was reduced to N1m.

“others paid N2m and above, depending on their status. No one should go through this kind of experience,” she noted.


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