Finally, 75 Kidnapped Zamfara Students Regain Freedom
Bandits have freed 75 students from the Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Zamfara State’s Maradun Local Government Area, who were kidnapped on September 1, 2021. Overnight, the Nigerian Television Authority announced the news on its verified Facebook page.
According to Nigerian police, gunmen kidnapped more than 70 students in the country’s northwest state of Zamfara. Mohammed Shehu, a spokesman for the Zamfara State Police, said in a statement that a large group of attackers stormed the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya on Wednesday morning, seizing the students. He stated that 73 children had been apprehended.
“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated. Shehu said that Police rescue teams were working with the military to secure the release of the pupils. The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours.
Yahaya Kaya, a former councilor of Kaya ward, stated that his niece was among those released by the bandits and that the five freed students had been returned to their hometown of Kaya. It is unclear whether a ransom was paid before the students were released. Following the kidnapping, the Zamfara State Government ordered the immediate deboarding of 30 schools’ boarding facilities.
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