Freed Abuja sisters narrate 19-day ordeal in captivity

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Five of the six sisters of the Al-Kadriyar family who were kidnapped by bandits in the Bwari area of Abuja and regained their freedom on Saturday, January 20, have narrated their ordeals while in captivity.

Gunmen killed the eldest of the six sisters, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar and dumped her body somewhere for her parents to bury.

Nabeeha and her sisters were abducted alongside their father, Alhaji Mansoor Al-Kadriyar on Wednesday, January 3. Nabeeha has been laid to rest according to Islamic rites.


She was a 400-level student of biological science at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

Other siblings include: Najeebah Al-Kadriyar (500 level, Quantity Surveying); Nadheerah Al-Kadriyar (300 level, Zoology) both students of ABU; Aneesah and Adeebah

Najeebah who posted on ‘X’, on Sunday after regaining freedom, said, “You know, on Friday, we walked from 10 a.m. until the next 4 a.m. or even later. They wouldn’t let us rest; they wouldn’t let us drink water. We only got to drink water around 10 a.m. yesterday morning. At a point, I almost gave up. I almost asked them to just kill me.

“But then I was like, I can’t leave my sisters here. I kept thinking, We’ve paid the ransom; why won’t they let us go? Then yesterday, I was like, My Rabb, if we actually leave this place today, I will never doubt how great and amazing you are. I don’t think anyone understands how I feel right now.

“Allah really said, “I’m always listening; my answers might not be the way you like it, but I’m always listening, so be patient.” I’m so in awe. I’m still in awe, wallah. Subhannallah, Allah truly is the greatest. Allah’s blessings were there in every way.

“I’m so happy there wasn’t any molestation, because that was everyone’s greatest fear during the ordeal. They were so against it. I don’t understand why, but I counted it as a blessing from my Lord. Ya Dhul Jalal Wal Ikram, Shukran. Your blessings were immense.

“Alhamdulilah. I’m immensely grateful for your prayers and support throughout this ordeal.

This was the greatest test of my life, but wallah Allah’s mercy was bountiful as well as endless. Thank you all so much

“I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that my uncle actually died that night. I just found out last night. I called and they said he was fine. Inalilahi waina ilaehi raji’un. Ya Allah grant him jannah and forgive his shortcomings. Inalilahi waina ilaehi raji’un.”

Another sister, Nadheerah in a terse post on her personal ‘X’ page, said, “Alhamdulillah”.