An official says 42 people including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria have been freed
The chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, Mary Noel-Berje, told The Associated Press on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. “We have received them,” she said.
The students, teachers and family members were abducted by gunmen from the Government Science College Kagara.
Several large groups of armed men operate in Zamfara state, described by the government as bandits, and are known to kidnap for money and to push for the release of their members from jail.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday the government’s primary objective is to get all the school hostages returned safe, alive and unharmed.
“We will not succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target innocent school students in the expectation of huge ransom payments,” he said. “Let bandits, kidnappers and terrorists not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government.”
In December, 344 students were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State. They were eventually released.