Unverified report claims government freed bandits to secure Kagara boys' release

- Those abducted in Kagara were released after the government agreed to let go some arrested bandits

- The kidnappers operate between Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, and Rafi local government in Niger

- According to sources two of the bandits were released before the students were set free

- Legit.ng has not been able to independently verify this report

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Daily Trust is reporting that staff, students and others abducted by gunmen from government Science College Kagara in Nigers state were swapped with arrested bandits.

This came about after days of negotiation between the government and bandits.

The kidnapped who were released to a team of police and other security agents around 7am on Saturday, February 27, were received by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

According to the news outlet operate between Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, and Rafi local government in Niger state.

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The criminals are said to have demanded the release of six members of their group arrested at different times by security agents.

Two of the persons identified were released to the bandits before the students were set free.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Wole Soyinka, a renowned author and social critic, said the government must take every necessary step to tackle the challenges of "abnormal times" which has given birth to the trend of abduction in the country.

Speaking on Saturday, February 27, in Ogun state at the award lecture and public presentation of his latest book, ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, the nobel laureate said the emergence of the culture of abduction portends a bad omen for the country.

He said "something drastic, meaningful has to take place" which will be collectively done in order to save the future of the country.

Zamfara abduction: Police reveals 317 girls were kidnapped by bandits

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.

Also, in this analysis, motorcycle-riding armed bandits ransacking communities and leaving behind a trail of blood and destruction have become a norm in Nigeria's north-west region.

These groups of outlaws have become so brazen in their operations that kidnapping for hefty ransoms is becoming a lucrative sinister business to them.

Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.

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