Kagara students, others released
NEWSMAN, Minna – 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their family abducted at the Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State, have been released.
A top police officer involved in the counter-kidnapping operation in the State told PRNigeria on Saturday morning.
A video showed the abducted students and staff guided into town by security officials.
Sources said the students were released on the same spot the NSTA bus abductees were released few days ago.
It is unclear if ransom was paid for their release. NEWSMAN gathered that the victims would be taken to the Government House in Minna.
The bandits had threatened to hold them as long as they wished if the government failed to meet their demands.
Recall that bandits, dressed in military uniforms, stormed the school last week. They seized 27 students, 12 relatives and 3 staff members.
On Friday, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had condemned recent abductions. The opposition lamented the latest incident at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.
PDP said kidnapping by bandits had become a making-making venture under President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Spokesman of the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the party earlier alerted of a link between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the outlaws.
“It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election.”
Ologbondiyan said instead, APC allowed them to continue to invade communities and wreak havoc on Nigerians.
The party noted that acts of terrorism validates concerns that the ruling APC and its administration have become bereft of solutions, DailyPost reported.
PDP said kidnapping of school children and other vulnerable people for ransom turned lucrative due to “the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration”.
PDP told President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of more than 300 schoolgirls abducted.