Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has received 30 students including a teacher of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, who weres said to have been abducted since June 2021.
The students and their teacher have spent six months in the kidnapper’s den.
Confirming the release of the victims, Special Adviser to Governor Atiku Bagudu on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Sarki, said the freed students were received by government officials in the evening of Saturday.
“Today, Saturday 8th January 2022, 30 students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, and one teacher, have arrived Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital following their release,” Sarki said in a statement on behalf of the governor.
“They shall undergo medical screening and support while being re-united with their families.
“30 students of the school were released and brought to Birnin Kebbi to be reunited with their families. This is in addition to some who were earlier released to their parents.
“We thank all security agencies and those who have helped in securing the release, while congratulating Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari for the success, in freeing the students,” he added.
The students and some of their teachers were abducted on June 17, 2021, when bandits said to be from the camp of a notorious kingpin, Dogo Gide, operating from a neighbouring forest in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State, invaded the school and abducted the students and staff.
The heavily armed men who stormed the school on motorcycles had overpowered the security operatives on the ground, killing two mobile police officers and two civilians in the process.
Some of the students had been freed in batches while the bandit kingpin who has since been killed by security operatives made a video of the kidnapped students where he made some demands including the release of his arrested gang members in exchange for the release of the students.