Female traveller escapes after wrestling kidnappers in Plateau

A female traveler identified as Lucy Jeremiah has regained her freedom after she successfully wrestled with a nine-man kidnap gang that abducted her in Plateau state.

Jeremiah was traveling from Abuja to Plateau state when the commercial bus she boarded was attacked by the kidnapper. She said four of them were abducted by the dare-devil men who took them into the bush.

Speaking at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters where she was recuperating, Jeremiah said,

“What happened was that we were coming back from Abuja to Jos in a vehicle last Thursday. On getting to the Government Science School, Kuru, in the Jos South LGA of Plateau State around 6pm, though I was sleeping in the vehicle, I woke up when the vehicle suddenly stopped.  When I woke up, I saw a man wielding a gun. He opened the door and said we should give him our phones.

He collected all our phones and money. He thereafter selected four of us in the vehicle and marched us into the bush. The kidnappers, numbering nine, asked us to call our parents on phone and demanded N5m each. After we made the calls, they took us farther into the bush and out of the four persons, I was the only female among them.”

Jeremiah said she asked the others to join her to escape but they refused for fear that they might be killed.

“They said they could not do anything because they were not with any weapon to fight the kidnappers, who were with a gun, a knife and other weapons. By this time, some of the kidnappers, who were initially nine, had left, leaving four of them with us. As we marched deeper into the bush, two of the four kidnappers were trailing behind, while two others with the gun and knife were leading us in front.

At this time, I told my co-traveller victims that we should do something and that I will not follow the kidnappers any farther into the bush to wherever they were taking us to and that God would be in control. I also told them what to do as I suggested to them that I would be the first person to grab the kidnapper carrying the gun while they should come to my assistance if anything happened and that was what I did. So, when I grabbed the kidnapper with the gun, the other kidnapper holding a knife rushed forward and wanted to stab me in the stomach. But as I turned, he missed his target”

AT this point, she broke down in tears as she couldn’t relieve the terrifying experience.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, said efforts are being made to apprehend the kidnappers.

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