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Abducted Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

Abducted students of the Bethel Baptist School in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria have reportedly regained their freedom.

Abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School in the Damishi area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria have regained their freedom after spending 20 days in captivity.

Joseph Hayab, Kaduna State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) confirmed the news to The Cable on Sunday morning, July 25, 2021.

The number of released students and the conditions surrounding their release were yet to be known.

Mohammed Jalige, spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command was not immediately available to respond to enquiries by HumAngle.

On Monday, July 5, 2021, 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School were abducted in an early-morning attack by terrorists on the school.

A week after the abduction, Abraham Aniya, one of the abducted students, escaped captivity and was found by security forces on patrol around the area.

On July 23, HumAngle reported that two more students had escaped captivity.

Uba Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly on Thursday, July 15, 2021 said that the government of the state allowed parents of the abducted students to enter into negotiations with the terrorists despite insistence by the state government that it would not negotiate with terrorists.

But the government has not said anything in that regard.

The Northwest region of Nigeria has been under terrorist attacks in recent times, with Zamfara and Kaduna states as the hotbeds of such attacks.

Thousands have died and more displaced as a result of these attacks.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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