Abducted Schoolgirls Escape Captivity In Kaduna

The girls were abducted as they sat a mock exam on April 3. They managed to escape and have been taken to safety in Kaduna city, the state government says.

A group of schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago from a school in Kaduna state have escaped, the Kaduna State Government has said. 

They are currently being cared for at a hospital in Kaduna city, friends of the girls’ families told HumAngle.

The girls managed to escape the forest hideout they were being held captive, somewhere around the border with Niger state. They reached a safe place where they were picked up by the military and taken to a hospital in the Kaduna state capital, Samuel Aruwan,Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State said in a statement.

They had been kidnapped while sitting their mock exams at Government Secondary School (GSS) Awon in Kachia Local Government Area on April 3.

The escape was confirmed to HumAngle by sources in Kachia, who said they began hearing rumours about the escape on April 17 but had doubted their credibility until now.

“The parents are eager to see their children,” a community leader who did not want to be named said. 

“The girls escaped from their captors in the forest and walked for days before arriving at a location where they were harboured. It was from there that intelligence sources alerted the government who then evacuated them,” the statement from Kaduna state government said.

HumAngle is yet to confirm if all eight girls escaped successfully.

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