Breaking: Some abducted schoolgirls escape from bandits in Zamfara forest

Breaking: Some abducted schoolgirls escape from bandits in Zamfara forest

- The abduction of 317 female students from a government-owned school in Zamfara state has continued to generate reactions

- The Nigerian government has faced criticism over the abduction of the students

- The spike in kidnapping has been partly blamed on the culture of paying money to bandits

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Some female students who were abducted by suspected bandits at the Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School in Zamfara state have reportedly escaped from their abductors.

Channels TV reported that seven out of the 317 female students escaped from the bandits while trekking along the forest.

Breaking: Some abducted schoolgirls escape from bandits in Zamfara forest
Parents arrive at the school compound in search of children kidnapped by bandits, in Jangede, Zamfara State. Photo: Habibu Iliyasu
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A source from Jangebe told the TV station via a phone call on Friday evening, February 26, that the girls have returned home.

According to the source, the escaped students said more had also escaped and are expected back soon.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian governors have been warned to stop the policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles to avoid dire consequences.

The Nigerian Tribune reported that the warning was given on Friday, February 26, by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the culture of compensating hoodlums by some state governments may boomerang disastrously.

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The president disclosed this while reacting to the abduction of hundreds of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state, noting that the abduction was inhumane and totally unacceptable.

In another report, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said the bandits he met with recently in Zamfara state are not the abductors of the schoolgirls in Government Secondary School, Jangebe.

He disclosed that the abduction was carried out by a splinter group of the Zamfara bandits, The Nation reported.

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Still on security, former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has said military operations cannot address the menace of armed banditry in the north.

The outspoken politician said in a Facebook post sighted by on Friday, February 26, that the northern region's elite's injustice against the ordinary masses is the cause of the insecurity in the region.

Garba accused northern elites of causing injustice to ordinary people of the region.

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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