By Abdulkareem Haruna
A woman who was earlier this week reported to have been missing after unknown gunmen invaded her house and abducted her in Minna, Niger state has been found by the police in Maiduguri, Borno state.
According to earlier reports, the woman, a wife to a local politician in Magama local government of Niger state, Usman Abubakar best known as Baffa, was abducted from her home in the Tunga area of Minna, the state capital on Sunday, June 12.
The Borno state police commissioner, Abdu Umar, said the woman was brought to Maiduguri by her supposed abductors who later abandoned her in the streets.
He said the husband of the rescued woman, who is a local government party chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) had been contacted and later reunited with his wife on Thursday morning.
The CP said the Niger state command of the Nigeria police had been contacted to update them about the situation.
Speaking with The Humanitarian Times the woman said she was abducted in the early hours of Sunday when she woke up to perform the early morning prayers.
“I had performed the morning prayers and was about to wake the children up when when some group of gun men and woman entered our room asking for my husband, and I told them that he was not around. So they said they would take me away and I begged them that they should Not take me away that I would give them money. I went inside and brought some money and gave them, but they still dragged me away. I didn’t know what happened or where I was the moment we stepped out until when I found myself here in Maiduguri on Wednesday.”
Mrs Baffa said when she realised she was in Maiduguri, she tried to locate a known family member who trades in Maiduguri, but no one could help her. So she went to the transport park where she asked for a vehicle going Minna and she was told that there was no direct vehicle to Minna from Maiduguri.
“That was how I begged one of the drivers to help call my husband number,” she said.
The husband said he was very happy to hear the voice of his wife when the stranger handed her the phone.
“For three days, I couldn’t eat, sleep because due to my missing wife. But thank God she is alive,” he said.
“The persons that took my wife came for me. And it sad that my dear wife would go through such terrible experience,” he said in tears.
The couple had since boarded an afternoon flight from Maiduguri to Abuja. The police said they would have to report at the Minna command headquarters for debriefing.