Bolu, a 200-level student of the Federal University of Surveying, Oyo State, has narrated how he and his brothers were fed with raw cassava and maize for two weeks by their abductors.
Bolu said: “Two weeks ago, we were returning from Lagos State. As we got to Akure, we ran into a checkpoint mounted by soldiers. They checked our vehicle and asked us to stay inside our car. After some minutes, they said we should follow them to the barracks. They also took other people in six vehicles.
“A man that was coming to Akure with his new wife was also kidnapped. They diverted us to Ekiti and from there to Kwara State. We spent two weeks with them inside the forest. We paid ransom before we were released.
“We stopped at Oyin in Ekiti and trekked to Kabba in Kogi State. From Kabba, they put us in a car and took us to Kwara State. We didn’t know where we were. We drank water from the stream and any available water. We only ate raw cassava and maize.
“They beat us and threatened to kill us. We were moved from one place to another inside the forest.
“I didn’t know the language they were speaking but their hair was different from ours. They were dressed in full Army uniform. They even have an Army van parked by the roadside.
“It was one of our brothers that brought cash. They refused to collect the money by bank transfer. They collected the ransom in Kwara State.
“Government should do something about insecurity. A lot of people were killed. I have not gone to the police state since we have paid ransom. My brother just left the hospital.
“It was one of them that told us we were at Omu Aran in Kwara State after we were released. He gave us 1500 to board a vehicle.”