75 abducted Zamfara students regain freedom

75 students of the Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State who were abducted on September 1, 2021, have regained their freedom.

Some of the freed pupils of the Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Photo: NTA/Facebook

Con firming the development via its Facebook handle, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Monday, said the pupils were released overnight.

It would be recalled that the police had reported the abducted more than 70 students from a secondary school in Zamfara State by gunmen.

Zamfara State Police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, had said in a statement that a large group of attackers stormed the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya that Wednesday morning, seizing the pupils. He had given the number of seized children as 73.

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“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.

The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours.

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.

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