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Niger Govt reveals abducted Kagara schoolchildren yet to be released by terrorists



The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, on Sunday, February 21, stated that the abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, have not been released by the bandits.

Bello made this clarification during a press briefing in Minna while stating efforts were being made to rescue the victims unhurt.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Niger Governor, Mary Noel-Berje, had earlier told journalists that the students and other victims had been released.

There was some sort of confusion on Sunday night as news from the Niger State Government House suggested that the Kagara students and staff had regained freedom.

However, Noel-Berje later noted that there had been a mix-up in reports presented by some media houses.

She tweeted, “Please I will want to draw the attention of the general public to stop mixing up the story.

“Those released are the NSTA bus abductees and they have just arrived government house, while efforts are being intensified to get the Kagara students released”.

Armed bandits had last Wednesday abducted 27 students and 15 members of staff at the college.

The hoodlums also killed one student during the attack on the college.

Nonetheless, the recently released passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) were received by Governor Sani-Bello and other government officials at the Government House in Minna on Sunday night.

The passengers were abducted by bandits about two weeks ago near Kotangora.

In other news, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State on Sunday, February 21, revealed that his government has secured the release of more than 1,000 people from their captors without paying a ransom.

Matawalle made this assertion during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“We have also secured the release of 1,000 captives without paying any ransom.

“We equally received over 300 sophisticated weapons surrendered by bandits and their leaders.”

He explained that the government’s approach has ensured the return of some people who fled their homes due to attacks; and promised to always do everything possible to make Zamfara State safe. The governor also believes that if other governors adopt dialogue, criminality will be reduced in Nigeria.

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“To me, as a leader, I cannot fold my arms seeing my people killed every day. I have to initiate anything I know I can to be able to make my people sleep with their both eyes closed,” the governor who had served as a commissioner in the state between 1999 and 2003, noted.

“That’s why I have to initiate that dialoguing with these people. And I believe that by the time all governors come together and agree on doing so; we can be able to secure our country.”

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