We trekked four days, says freed train hostage


IMG-20221010-WA0013Lois Arzurfa, a 21-year-old female hostage that a terrorist commander threatened to marry, on Monday, opened up on her ordeal while in the terrorists’ den.

“Yes, it is true the terrorists’ commander wanted to marry me,” Arzurfa, who is among the remaining 23 passengers released last Wednesday, said told journalists on her hospital bed.

She also said she had forgiven the terrorists that subjected her and 65 others abducted on March 28 in the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train attack, to trauma for 191 days in captivity.

Recounting her ordeal, the 300 -Level student of the Kaduna State University, said, “From the scene of the attack, I saw that the train just derailed, the terrorists entered the train, they started shooting sporadically and they asked us to go out. Then, the men were tied up, they collected our phone

“We walked a distance that night before bikes came. Then, they took us to where we spent that night. We journeyed for four days before we got to where they dropped us off, which is their main camp. We were there doing nothing, every day was just like a repetition of the previous day.”

She said whenever any of the abductees were sick; the terrorists would bring in medical doctors to treat them.

“Anytime we are sick, they bring drugs. The terrorists have medical doctors who come around to give medical care,” she said.

When asked if the terrorists planned to give out in marriage to one of their commanders as reported, Arzurfa said, “Yes, it is true that one of the terrorists’ commanders picked and proposed to marry me but it was just an offer and I rejected it. Once you reject, they don’t force people.

“I was not the only one the terrorists offered to marry. They would just ask you, ‘I want to marry you, I want to keep you and I want you to change your religion and convert to my religion.’ So, it is left for you to either agree or reject.”

The news of leaving the terrorists’ camp, she said, came to them by surprise, saying that “the terrorists just came and asked us to start packing our things.”

She also said she had forgiven the terrorists “as much as God forgives us our sins,” adding that “all that happened are in my past now, the terrorists are in my past too.”

Arzurfa added, “I never knew I was going to come out. Even if I was going to come out, I knew it was going to take a while. So, I was just there praying to God, waiting for the day I would leave the camp.

“The news of our leaving the camp just came unexpected. The terrorists just came and asked us to start packing our things. The preparation took a week until the final day when they now asked us to move and handed us over to the Presidential Committee.

“Now that I am out, I have forgiven my abductors, as much as God forgives our sins too. All that happened are in my past now, the terrorists are in my past too, it is over now, I don’t have anything against them.”

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