Kidnapped Students Regain Freedom in Zamfara
The 75 pupils of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State who were abducted on September 1, 2021, have regained their freedom, Leakers Post report.
In two videos obtained from Twitter, Governor Bello Matawalle was seen and heard talking to some of the female students who had been rescued, asking them about their plight at the hands of the gunmen. The Nigerian Television Authority broke the news via its verified Facebook page overnight.
Leakers Post recalls that Police had reported that gunmen abducted more than 70 students in the country’s northwest state of Zamfara.
The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours. “The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated. Shehu said that Police rescue teams were working with the military to secure the release of the pupils.
A former councilor of Kaya ward, Yahaya Kaya, said that his niece was among those released by the bandits; adding that the five freed pupils had been returned to their hometown of Kaya.
It is not yet clear if any ransom was paid before the pupils were released. Following the abduction, the Zamfara State Government had ordered the immediate deboarding of boarding facilities in 30 schools.