- After several days of waiting, twenty-eight students and two teachers of the Federal Government College, Kebbi state regained their freedom
- According to reports, the victims were kidnapped by unknown gunmen four months ago, after a gun battle with security agents on duty at the school
- Meanwhile, the students were released following the intervention of their parents on Wednesday, October 20, by the warlord
Kebbi state- Twenty-eight students and two teachers of the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri were released on Wednesday, October 20, by a notorious bandit, Dogo Gide, following days of waiting by relatives and officials, Daily Trust reported.
The victims were abducted four months ago by gunmen who overpowered security men on guard at the school located in a remote part of Kebbi state.
Earlier, the release of the students was reported last week by the newspaper, following interviews with some parents who were set to reunite with the abductees.
But it later emerged that the victims were not released as the process could not be perfected due to the inability of mediators to meet with the kingpin.
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The newspaper further reported that as of Sunday, October 17, two students and two teachers – a male and a female – were brought out from the forests and received by security personnel and medics stationed at Kotonkoro town, near the bandits-infested forests.
The latest party arrived in Kotonkoro around 8:30pm on Wednesday, it was learnt.
The source said:
“From Kotonkoro, they will be taken to Kontagora, before they are transported tomorrow (this morning) to Birnin Kebbi.”
But another source said the freed students and teachers might likely be brought to Minna, the Niger state capital, and then to Abuja before they would be taken to the Kebbi state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that 32 more victims were being held by the Gide. Six of the abducted persons had earlier been released by the bandits in two batches as part of talks for the release of the victims.
The attack by bandits in Yauri led to the abduction of some students and teachers at a federal government school by suspected bandits.
Insecurity: Kebbi state governor tells FG to declare bandits as terrorists
It was reported that Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state made the appeal while responding to a question on if bandits should be declared terrorists by the Nigerian government.
Bagudu while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today on Thursday, September 2, also said that anyone holding arms in an organised manner and terrorising people should be declared as a terrorist.
Divine intervention is the way forward
In another report, following the unrest in some regions within the country and the recent abduction of students, the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed how recurring attacks can be avoided.
Matawalle called for intensified prayers to be made in tackling banditry in the state.
According to him, it will take God’s intervention alongside the government’s efforts to put an end to the menace.
Source: Legit Newspaper