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After six months in kidnappers’ den, 30 Kebbi FGC students, teacher, regain freedom

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After six months in kidnappers’ den, 30 Kebbi FGC students, teacher, regain freedom

After spending six months in captivity following their abduction in June 2021, 30 students and a teacher of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, have been freed by the bandits who kidnapped them.

Confirming the release of the victims, Special Adviser to Governor Atiku Bagudu on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Sarki, said the freed students were recieved 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.

Read also: Two students kidnapped from Kebbi school found in Zamfara forest

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 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.

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