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#ZamfaraAbduction: Students Regain Freedom 12 Days Later

Their release comes amid a military offensive against the criminal gangs terrorising Zamfara state, Northwest Nigeria.

About 70 students and a staff of a public school have been freed after they were abducted by terror gangs in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria more than 12 days ago.

Terrorists abducted 73 students including their Vice Principal from Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Sept. 1, sparking widespread dismay with the state government shutting schools in the region.

Their release comes 10 days after five of the schoolchildren escaped their captors. The newly released students were received by Governor Bello Matawalle at the Government House in Gusau on Sunday evening, Sept. 12, according to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

The state government was yet to release an official statement, confirming the new development. Zailani Baffa, the governor’s spokesperson, could not be reached as of the time of the report.

The government had, on Sept. 6, shut down telecommunication networks, suspended weekly markets, and banned the sale of fuel in jerry cans among other measures in support as the Nigerian military intensified its offensive against the terrorists in the state.

In Feb. 2021, terrorists attacked Government Girls’ Secondary School in the Jangebe area of the state, abducting 317 schoolgirls.

In Feb. he received ‘repentant bandits’ and called on Nigerians to appreciate his efforts. On Friday, Sept 10, he said he would no longer negotiate with the terrorists. “What we are doing to bandits now is to send them to God so they can answer their questions,” he said.

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