Lukman Aliyu, father of two abducted children in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, has recounted his traumatic ordeal in the arms of the armed kidnappers who invaded his residence on thirteenth October, 2022.
In the BBC video clip of the account, Lukman mentioned the kidnappers gave his two abducted children N500 every to purchase cleaning soap to wash their garments after their launch.
They additionally collected N5m ransom, packages of milk, fearless drink, Goldberg beer and assorted recharge playing cards earlier than setting the two abducted children free.
The invasion of Lukman Aliyu’s household residence occurred at Alagbado space, Okelele Quarters of Ilorin metropolis.
In the account relayed by BBC, Lukman mentioned “I was attacked at my Alagbado residence and my two children abducted at gunpoint at about 12 midnight on the fateful day.
“My spouse instructed one of my children to wake me up to put off the generator and as I completed laying aside the generator, and about to go again to my bed room, my spouse got here to alert me that she suspected some unusual actions of individuals round the home.
“I then went out to test but might not discover anybody, by the time I went again into my room, I noticed that the window of my room was being pulled down with the housebreaking proof already destroyed.
“I then shouted for assist but the sporadic gunshots by the armed kidnappers scared our neighbours from coming to the rescue.
“The back door to the house was sprayed with bullets and I jammed the door leading to my bedroom and hid my wife and children in another room for safety,” he added.
Lukman, mentioned the armed kidnappers, later succeeded in chopping the decrease half of the door with a machete to achieve entry into the constructing amid sporadic gunshots.
He mentioned when they finally entered the home, and stormed the room the place he had hidden the spouse and children, they requested for him but assumed he had died in the sporadic gunshots.
Lukman revealed that the kidnappers seized the key to his bed room from the spouse after hitting her on the chest, entered his room and stole the cash they discovered as effectively as his spouse’s cash, telephone, loaves of bread, drinks, two telephones of his abducted children, and telephones of neighbours who got here to recharge in the home.
The distraught father mentioned the following day of the assault, individuals known as his telephone quantity but the kidnappers failed to reply.
He mentioned the kidnappers later known as his pal’s telephone quantity to enquire about the individuals shut to him from his abducted children and one Alhaji Ladi was reached.
Lukman mentioned the kidnappers instructed Alhaji Ladi to come with a ransom of N20m for the freedom of the two abducted children or danger shedding them.
“The kidnappers said they were demanding the amount because they had never wasted the number of bullets expended in that operation before,” Lukman revealed.
He mentioned they additional requested for somebody who was fluent in Hausa language to talk and negotiate on his behalf to scale back the N20m ransom demanded.
“I sold my Toyota Camry car for N1.8m and mortgaged my house to meet the demand of the kidnappers which was scaled down to N5m to rescue my two abducted children,” Lukman lamented.
He mentioned one different sufferer of an identical assault very shut to his home misplaced his first son.
Lukman mentioned seven days after the assault, his home was additionally invaded by armed kidnappers.
He additional recounted that on the night time of the assault on his household, police operatives visited his residence, carried out a search on the home and recovered bullet shells, and a knife which dropped from the arms of the kidnappers.
“But since then, I have not heard anything from the police even after I went to show them the two abducted children after their release by the kidnappers,” he mentioned.
He appealed to the State authorities to come to his help to allow him get better and go again to his official enterprise.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, in the viral video by the BBC, mentioned he was not conscious of the incident.
Also, efforts made by Pegars to get hold of a response from him proved futile as he did not reply to a textual content message despatched to him.