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A Horrible scene that made me weep for days

Life Realities - April 12, 2021

Then they saw the beautiful woman, Sgt Sadiku’s wife with her baby. The leader tried to take her two month old baby from her but Sadiku jumped up and said “That’s my baby.” The leader then pointed gun at his head, warning him to sit down, but before anyone could say anything, a gunshot came from a nearby bush, scattered Sgt Sadiku’s brain. The one who shot from the bush, a member of the kidnap gang looking so wild; “Kill any soldier among them, now,” as he walk towards us wildly. Sgt Bernard rushed at one of the kidnappers holding AK 47 and seized the gun and used the kidnapper as a shield.

I never believed that any human being could exhibit such act of wickedness, but I saw it happen live.

I was traveling from Kaduna to Abuja to see my husband, a Military man. I met two young guys putting on army uniform, so I felt the need to interact with them, seeing they are junior officers to my husband’s rank. One of them had his wife with him and their baby, who cant be more than two months old. We exchange greetings and they accorded me the compliment of being the wife of a senior officer. We continued our journey, but few kilometers away from Kaduna, I saw some men in soldier’s uniform in a seeming check point. I saw a car parked and all occupants asked to sleep on the main road. It is dehumanizing, so I felt like talking to them that this does not portray the military in good light. Our driver slowed down as they pointed their guns at us. One of the soldiers in the vehicle said “Walahi, these people are kidnappers, not soldier,” but I never imagined where that suggestion came from until, I looked well and saw how they dress and the kind of slippers they put on.

I stayed calm, afraid because I heard about them before but could not imagine ever meeting them .  “Come down everybody and raise up your hands,” roared one that looks like their leader who spoke in tattered pidgin English. He has the look of a Fulani man in his early twenties. We obeyed and stepped down. When they sighted the boys in uniform, they become more aggressive, “Who are you?” The first solider introduced himself as Sergeant Bernard and the other too Sergeant Sadiku. They were ordered to move aside and sit down on bare ground. Then they saw the beautiful woman, Sgt Sadiku’s wife with her baby. The leader tried to take her two month old baby from her but Sadiku jumped up and said “That’s my baby.” The leader then pointed gun at his head, warning him to sit down, but before anyone could say anything, a gunshot came from a nearby bush, scattered Sgt Sadiku’s brain. The one who shot from the bush, a member of the kidnap gang looking so wild; “Kill any soldier among them, now,” as he walk towards us wildly. Sgt Bernard rushed at one of the kidnappers holding AK 47 and seized the gun and used the kidnapper as a shield. They angrily shot at both their colleague and Sgt Bernard. I knew what to do at such times. I went flat on the floor to avoid being shot in error. Incidentally, Sgt Bernard fell on me and his blood splashed on me. They dragged away the baby, held Sadiku’s wife and raped her. They later shot her along with every other passenger except two men identified as capable of giving them something. They hurriedly left into the deep forest. After about thirty minutes on the ground, I managed to push the dead soldier off my body and crawled away to the main road. Luckily, I saw a High way patrol van and waived it down. They asked for my identity and hurriedly picked me and drove to a nearby bush base, where another vehicle was arranged for me to continue to Abuja.

Till date, that Journey remained a nightmare!

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