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Gunmen release Nigerian lecturer abducted in Nasarawa

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Ahmed Tukur
Ahmed Tukur
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via, or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Gunmen have released Clement Uhembe, the kidnapped lecturer of the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State.

Recall that on Tuesday, Mr Uhembe was kidnapped by unknown gunmen who demanded N30 million ransom.

DAILYNIGERIAN gathered that the victim who was released on Thursday has since reunited with his family after pay an undisclosed sum of money as ransom.

Mr Uhembe, while recounting his ordeal in the hands of his abductors to a crowd of sympathizers at his residence, said: “I saw hell in the kidnappers’ den.

“I was chained for three days without food. They chained me throughout the period I was in captivity and warned me not to talk too much because I was trying to make them see reason while they should denounce their criminal ways and find legitimate means of livelihood.

“I trekked for about six hours with them from my house where they picked me to a thick forest around the Adogi area of Lafia.

“There were many other kidnapped victims abducted from different parts of the country who are still being held in that forest.

“I observed that they have a very strong network and a unique way of communication within the forest,” Mr Uhembe disclosed.

The victim, who was a former commissioner of higher education, pointed out that he was handed over to another set of the abductors on reaching the forest on the fateful night.

“They run shifts. Some of them go out to abduct their victims and hand over the victims to another set of people upon reaching the forest.

“Some of the abductors are responsible for chaining and monitoring the kidnapped persons.

“The kidnappers camping in that forest are in large numbers. Those of them that abducted me were ten.

“Out of this number, eight were armed with AK47 rifles while the remaining two had machetes and other sharp objects.

“They speak almost all the local dialects in the state.

“My experience at the kidnappers’ den is something no one would wish even his worst enemy to pass through. I really saw hell.

“They told me they were misinformed by their informants about my financial status; that the information given to them about me was that I am rich and I receive N1.5million from the state government every month and that I own a flashy black car.

“The kidnappers also told me that on reaching my house, they observed there was no light and my fence has no gate so they began to wonder what kind of rich man has no gate at the entry point to his compound and was living in darkness,” Mr Uhembe further revealed.

While concluding, he thanked God and commended the state government, security agencies, his colleagues, friends and relations for their prayers and support towards him.

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