Niger state government secures release of abducted students

Niger state government secures release of abducted students

- The students abducted from Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state, have been freed by their abductors

- The circumstances surrounding their release has not been disclosed

- Nigeria in recent times has recorded cases of mass abductions of students from schools

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Emerging reports indicate that the students and staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger state have been released.

Breaking: Government secures releases of abducted Nigerian students
Released Kankara students gather at the government house in Katsina state on December 18, 2020. Photo by Kola Sulaimon
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According to Channels TV, a government official who spoke anonymously confirmed the release of students.

The official told the news station that the children were released from a location close to where some abducted travellers were released recently.

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He said the students are on their way to Minna, the state capital, where they are expected to be received by Governor Abubakar Bello at the Government House in Minna.

The Punch also confirmed the release of the students from a top security source involved in the counter-kidnapping operation in Niger state.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to the abduction of Zamfara school children.

The president said criminals terrorising the country should not think that they are more powerful than the government.

The president disclosed this in a series of tweets on Friday, February 26.

According to the president, the country has the capacity to massively deal with the bandits. He however said the country is limited by fear of casualty.

In another report, Buhari has advised Nigerian governors to stop the policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles to avoid dire consequences.

The Tribune reported that the president on Friday, February 26, said the culture of compensating hoodlums by some state governments may boomerang disastrously.

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in a statement signed, stated that Buhari said no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government.

Still on security, the Nigerian police have commenced a coordinated search and rescue operation for students of government girls secondary school, Jangebe, Zamfara state.

To ensure that the mission is successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu ordered the immediate deployment of two (2) operational surveillance helicopters to the state.

The government said this in addition to the personnel of Operation Puff Adder II earlier deployed to the state.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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