- Students of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic who were abducted by bandits before the eve of June 12 celebration have been released
- The captive students were released on Thursday, July 8, by bandits who negotiated with their relatives
- The police public relations officer in the state, Abdullahi Shehu, confirmed the development to journalists on Friday, July 9
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Kaduna - Bandits who kidnapped students and two staff members of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Kaduna have released their captives.
The police command in the northern state announced that six students and two staff members of the institution were set free on the night of Thursday, July 8.
The spokesman of the command, Abdullahi Shehu, confirming the good news to Channels TV the releases of the captives came after negotiations between the criminals and the students' relatives.
Without stating whether any ransom was paid, Shehu also disclosed:
"The school authorities will receive the students later in the day at a location where they were kept after their release."
Bandits abduct students, lecturers in Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Kaduna
Earlier, bandits attacked the institution and abducted scores of students and lecturers. An eyewitness quoted in the report said the gunmen invaded the school located along the Zaria-Kaduna expressway last night on Thursday, June 10.
The eyewitness said:
“The gunmen attacked the school last night. Unspecified numbers of students and lecturers were said to have been abducted.”
At least one person has been confirmed dead from the shooting. According to a statement issued by the publicity secretary of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) of the institution, Aliyu Kofa, one student was killed while two lecturers of the polytechnic were kidnapped by the gunmen.
He added that two students also sustained gunshot injuries from sporadic shootings by the armed bandits.
An official of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service confirmed the report. The official, who did not give details, said the incident occurred between 10.30 pm and 11 pm when many had retired to bed. Malam Abdullahi Shehu, the spokesman of the institution, also confirmed the incident, adding that management was still trying to ascertain the exact number of people affected.