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Like Daughter, Like Dad –Father Of Abducted Zamfara Schoolgirl Rescued With 9 Others


BEVERLY HILLS, March 09, (THEWILL) – The father of an abducted Jangebe schoolgirl, Mallam Iliya Gwaram, along with nine others has been rescued from abductors.

Gwaram was rescued along with nine other victims, including nursing mothers and three toddlers.

One of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls’ Secondary School, GGSS, Jangebe, Hafsatu Anka, an SS II student, had revealed they saw women, children and father of one of their schoolmates who had been held by the abductors for three months.

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Brought to Government House, Gusau around 9 p.m. on Monday, Gwaram said he told his daughter not to recognise him in the den of their abductors.

“I have been in captivity with these other people for more than three months when on that Friday morning, l saw the school girls being brought into where we were camped by our abductors.

“At first, l didn’t know who they were or where they were coming from, until l saw the face of my scared daughter looking at me.

“I quickly told some of the girls who were brought along with her and sat near me to tell my child not to show any indication that she even knew me.

“The girls were brave enough and they kept our little secret up to the last day of their four days stay with us.

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“l never cried in the whole of my life like l cried the day the girls were taken back because l felt it was the last time l would see my daughter.

“Fortunately and unknown to me, my daughter informed Gov. Matawalle of our whereabouts and the poor health conditions we were, which led to our freedom today as facilitated by the Governor and his security people,” he said.

On whether money was given to secure their freedom, Gwaram said he did not know as all that mattered to them was to return to their homes.

“Look at those two women that were rescued along with me, N2 million naira was said to have been raised by their relatives to give to the bandits more than two months ago. But the money could not be traced as it was suspected that it was a different gang that intercepted the man bringing the money and took it from him,” he said.

Gwaram said that his daughter would continue with her education.

“If she wasn’t educated, she would have exposed me when she saw me and that would have put the two of us in danger.

“I thank God for that and l will continue to pray that such a thing never happens to even my worst enemy,” he said.