On Thursday, a group of nine kidnappers abducted Lucy Jeremiah and three other individuals while they were traveling in a vehicle from Abuja to Jos in Plateau State.
According to reports, the victims were forced to call their parents and demand a ransom of N5m each.
During the abduction, Jeremiah fought the kidnappers and managed to escape with the help of her fellow travelers.
She sustained cuts on her leg in the process. The other victims were also rescued and are receiving medical treatment.
The Plateau State Police Command is currently investigating the incident and searching for the perpetrators.
Narrating her ordeal to the Punch, 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.”
“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 ….”