…Parents resort to prayers for divine intervention 

 BY ADEYEMI AKANJI – The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of a 20 year old 100 level undergraduate student of the Bauchi State University (BASUG), Gadau, Patience Emmanuel Kushi by yet to be identified kidnappers believed to be ritualists. 

While confirming the sad development, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakil, said the Police is intensifying investigation into the matter with the aim of apprehending the suspects as well as rescue Patience alive.

Wakil urged members of the public with useful information to quickly volunteer such to aid the Police in its duties.

However, worried parents of the victim expressed anguish over the kidnap incident since four days ago without any trace of how to contact her and therefore called on security agencies in the state as well as other spirited individuals to come to their aid to rescue the helpless lady.

It was gathered that the 100 level Pharmacology student of the BSUG left their house on Wednesday and has not been seen nor anything heard from her since then.

A retired civil servant, Mr Emmanuel Kushi, who is the father of the victim told journalists that his daughter left his younger brother’s (her Uncle’s) house to return home when she was accosted and abducted by the yet to identified people.

Kushi said; “On Wednesday, June 24, at about 2:00pm, she left my younger brother’s house in Rafin Zurfi and told him she was coming to my house at Kafin Tafawa (a distance of about four kilometers) to pick something and he gave her the permission to come. But by evening, my younger brother’s wife kept calling her line to know if she had arrived but there was no response, they thought she was working at my house”.

The visibly worried father further said; “Later on, they tried again but the number was now switched off. Then the next day (Thursday) at about 1:00pm, her aunt, my younger brother’s wife called me and asked why I retained Patience and didn’t let her go back and she asked if there was any problem. I told her that I did not see Patience because she had not come to my house. She expressed shock about what I told her and she then said she will call her friend to confirm.”

He added that his brother’s wife told him that when she called Patience’s friend, he told her that he too tried calling her that same Wednesday and it was ringing but there was no response, adding soberly that, “So he sent a text message to her number, then there was reply from her number that: ‘do you think you will ever see her again? Fool”.

Kushi also said that he came back from the farm and saw a text message on his phone sent from the abductors using his daughter’s number explaining that, “In the message, they said that ‘Father, your daughter is with us (BLACK AXE CONFRATERNITY), we don’t need your money what we need is her virginity. Don’t bother looking for her”. 

“I then called my brother and asked him if they also sent a message to him but he said no and said that he got another text from the kidnappers on Saturday morning informing him that she was dead.

“This morning (Saturday) at exactly 10.25 am, they sent me another text message and said ‘she is dead’. We have been trying to call her number but the phone has been switched off”. 

He said that the family has reported the matter to the Yelwa Divisional Police Headquarters while the family has also resorted to prayers to seek for God’s divine intervention and bring their daughter back safely and also await the outcome of the Police investigation to tracking down the kidnappers.

The physically depressed father described his daughter as a well behaved and very obedient daughter, saying, “she always joke with me and if you see us, you will think that she is my granddaughter.”

On her part, mother of the abducted student said that she has been disturbed about the sudden disappearance of her daughter since she heard of the news on Thursday.

She said; “I have not been finding it very easy since I got the news that she was nowhere to be found. I got the news on Thursday afternoon. One thing I know is that my daughter is not dead. I believe she will come back to me alive.”

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