Kidnappings on some highways across the country have reached a crescendo. CHUKWUDI AKASIKE and SIMON UTEBOR capture the shocking stories of some victims of this vicious crime
Throughout the night of May 16, 2019, Angela Nkereuwem, a 21-year-old lady from Mbo Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, diligently studied her Economics textbook in preparation for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination holding the following day.
The next day being May 17, she woke up as the cock in the neighbourhood crowed to prepare her trip to a secondary school in Ikorodu area of Lagos State–venue of the examination.
Having finished her paper around 2.30pm, she left for their home in an estate in Ikorodu. She mounted a commercial motorcycle. Not quite five minutes into their journey, a black tinted Sport Utility Vehicle with four occupants on the vehicle pulled through and overtook the bike she was on.
As soon as the vehicle stopped, two men and a woman came out of the vehicle, seized her and used a handkerchief to clean her face. She lost consciousness at that point.
The motorcyclist who carried her to the spot she was abducted was allowed to escape by the kidnappers who appeared not to be interested in doing anything to him.
Nkereuwem said after her abductors used the hanky on her, she did not know anything again, noting that she woke up the following day in the kidnappers’ hideout in a forest along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
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How to tackle the Fulani herdsmen attack on the highway.
This is how Fulani Bandits carry out their attacks
They open FIRE GUNSHOTS on oncoming vehicles from the front, pushing you to go back towards more GUNSHOTS from the BACK (rear).
By the time you face gunshots from the front and rear, the ones in front would have closed in on you, you would have stopped the vehicle or it can no longer move because the tires may have been shot, and you are trapped.
It is actually a Military style ambush and if my memory serves me right its called a “fire & movement” or “leap frogging”
Your chance of survival:
Don’t reverse. Drive through the ones in front instead. By doing this, you stand a slim chance of getting out of the trap.
Drastic situation needs drastic action , Stay safe.
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