Hundreds Of kidnapped Students Released- Governor
Hundreds of Nigerian students kidnapped from their boarding school in the Northern State of Zamfara have been released, State Governor Dr. Bello Matawalle said on Tuesday.
“Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity,” Matawalle wrote on Twitter. “This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe.”
Local outlet Premium Times said that the girls were released at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. However, it also reported that 38 of the total 317 abducted from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe were still missing.
On Friday, armed gunmen kidnapped the students, aged between 12 and 17. It was the second school kidnapping to take place in Nigeria this year, coming just a week after bandits raided a school in the North-Central State of Niger and abducted over 40 people.
Several large groups of armed men operate in Zamfara state, and are known to kidnap for ransom and to push for the release of their members from jail.