“No Dime Was Paid for my Release, I would Have Resigned If Paid” — Niger State Kidnapped Commissioner


The abductee who was released Thursday night Alhaji Muhammed Sani Idris Niger State Commissioner for Information shared with journalist his experience with Kidnappers. 

Received by the Niger State Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Abdullahi B. Wuse, the commissioner describe his released as miraculous as no dime was paid.  

“I was not rescued and I didn’t pay any ransom. It was just miraculous.”

Describing his experience while captive, Mr. Idris narrated that the criminals were hard on him before later sypathising with him.  

“The experience was traumatizing. I came out last night and I spent the night at a hospital for observation and I came in to Minna this morning, hale and hearty.”

“I was the only victim with the bandits and they told me that they see my case as a high-profile kidnapping and they planned for it very well with different people from different teams to ensure that they succeed.

“When they started, they were very hard on me and push me to a limit you never expected human to still be resilient; but I give God the glory, because I remained there as a believer. I knew the God that I serve will always be there for me.

“I was asking them if what they were doing is welcomed in the eyes of Allah, gradually; instead of breaking me, I started breaking them.

“After then they started giving me bread and water. they untied me and use the only trampoline they had to cover me during rain while they stayed under the rain.

“They began to show concern, I kept talking to them and in the long run, they said I should go and reunite with my family, ” he said.

He was particularly happy how the state governor kept to his word of not paying ransom to kidnappers in the state.

“In fact, the first thing I did when I came out was to send a text to my governor to thank him for having the strength of heart not to allow any state machinery intervene in my release because we took a decision in council that the Niger state Government is averse to payment of ransom to bandits for any situation, for any case and now it happened to me.”

“They came with recordings where I made statements emphasizing this and reiterating it to them that as a government, in Niger State, we don’t pay ransom to bandits.

“I believe that we will succeed. I thank the government for standing by that, they were able to protect the integrity of our government. 

“While I was there I was thinking of the people and the government of Niger State because I realized that God should intervened and ensured the government does not intervene in my affair.

“I came out unscathed aside from the beating and without paying a dime.

People will be surprised but I am a believer. When they captured me, what I did was to remember that God has promised to take us through trials and tribulations and that for those that are able to show resilience and withstand this, he promise us a lot, “he said. 

The commissioner further affirmed that his talk did not go in vain as kidnappers and bandits were shedding tears when he was leaving them.

“I held onto the leader and told him that I forgive them for all the humiliations they have taken me through. They began to shed tears and they said that they pray that their meeting with me will be an end point to their banditry.”