In Nigeria, dad and mom lastly in a position to see youngsters who had been kidnapped from college in early March


FILE PHOTO: Nigerian college students and employees who had been kidnapped this month sit on the native authorities home after they had been freed, in Kaduna, Nigeria, March 25, 2024. File photograph by Garba Muhammad/Reuters

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Dad and mom of greater than 130 Nigerian schoolchildren who had been rescued after greater than two weeks in captivity stated they noticed them on Wednesday and that they could not maintain again tears of pleasure throughout the long-awaited reunion.

The assembly, three days after the youngsters had been freed, happened at a authorities facility within the metropolis of Kaduna, the place the youngsters are staying whereas receiving medical help, the dad and mom and a instructor advised The Related Press.

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The dad and mom stated they cried and danced as they hugged their youngsters for the primary time since March 7, when motorcycle-riding gunmen seized them from their college within the distant city of Kuriga within the northwestern Kaduna state, and compelled them to march to close by forests amid gunfire.

“I’m very glad and crammed with pleasure,” Shittu Abdullahi, whose 14-year-old daughter was amongst these kidnapped, stated after the assembly.

It was unclear when the youngsters — who vary in years from beneath 10 to fifteen — could be allowed to go dwelling. The native authorities haven’t responded to queries from the AP in regards to the case. The dad and mom stated the federal government has promised to take action this week.

One employees member who was taken together with the 137 college students died in captivity, army officers have stated.

Ibrahim Mikalu stated he broke down in tears as he embraced his 13-year-old daughter and added that the remainder of the household are wanting to see her dwelling.

Freed by the Nigerian army on Sunday from a forest about 200 kilometers (20 miles) to the north in neighboring Zamfara state, the schoolchildren have been receiving medical help from the army and the federal government.

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Their abduction was one in all a number of mass college abductions which have shaken the West African nation lately. Authorities stated no ransom was paid for the Kuriga youngsters’s freedom however have supplied no particulars of the rescue or stated whether or not any suspected kidnappers had been arrested.

No group has claimed duty for his or her kidnapping, which locals and authorities have blamed on bandit teams recognized for mass killings and kidnappings for ransom within the nation’s conflict-battered north.

Arrests are uncommon as most victims are launched solely after ransom funds by their households or by offers that generally contain the discharge of gang members. The federal government, nonetheless, doesn’t admit to such offers.

No less than 1,400 college students have been kidnapped from Nigerian faculties because the 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants within the village of Chibok in Borno state shocked the world. Lately, abductions have been concentrated within the nation’s conflict-battered northwestern and central areas, the place dozens of armed teams usually goal villagers and vacationers for ransom.

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian college students and employees who had been kidnapped this month sit on the native authorities home after they had been freed, in Kaduna, Nigeria, March 25, 2024. File photograph by Garba Muhammad/Reuters

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