- Abducted Kagara schoolboys and their teachers have arrived in Minna, the capital of Niger state
- The government had earlier on Saturday, February 27, secured their release after spending 10 days in captivity
- Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has also confirmed the release of the victims
Hours after their release from the kidnappers' den, the abducted students and staff of the Government Science Secondary School Kagara, in Rafi local government area of Niger state have arrived in Minna, the state capital.
Channels TV reports that a government official who confirmed the arrival, said they are expected to be briefed by the state governor, Abubakar Bello.
Legit.ng gathered that the official said the released victims consisted of schoolchildren, some girls and their family members.
The students were said to have been taken to a location away from the Government House in Minna.
The report stated that although it is not certain whether a ransom was paid to secure the release of the students, Governor Bello has repeatedly said his administration would not pay money to the bandits.
It was also gathered that journalists were prevented from getting close to the boys and were not allowed to take pictures by security agencies.
Meanwhile, Governor Sani Bello has confirmed the release of the victims who were kidnapped in Kagara on Wednesday, February 17.
The students were released along with 15 others.
The release of the victims came just a day after a separate raid on a school in Zamfara state where gunmen seized 317 girls.
The recent attacks have raised concern about rising violence by armed gangs and Islamist insurgents.
Legit.ng had previously reported that no fewer than four persons were killed in fresh attacks at the Kagara community in Niger state.
It was reported that Kagara has been in the news since February 17, when some gunmen abducted staff and students of a school in the town.
According to the report, the victims were released around the time that news broke on the fresh attacks in Kagara.
About 11 victims, including seven women, were kidnapped in different villages, adding that the armed bandits were said to have first struck at Gidan Adamu, near Yakila, headquarters of Gunna district.
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