Kaduna, Nigeria: 137 college youngsters kidnapped by gunmen launched, state governor says


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Mother and father look ahead to information in regards to the kidnapped LEA Major and Secondary Faculty Kuriga college students in Kuriga, Kaduna, Nigeria, on March 9, 2024.



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At the very least 137 college youngsters who have been kidnapped by armed gunmen in Nigeria earlier this month have been launched, the governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state Uba Sani confirmed in a TV interview aired on Sunday.

Within the interview broadcast on Nigeria’s Channels Tv, Sani mentioned he had met with the kids’s households.

“I’m comfortable, the households are comfortable, we’re all comfortable the kids have been rescued,” he instructed the broadcaster.

Nonetheless, Sani mentioned {that a} instructor had died after creating “some issues” whereas in captivity, with out offering additional element.

On March 7, greater than 300 college students have been kidnapped by armed bandits on bikes who stormed the LEA Major and Secondary Faculty in Kuriga village, in Kaduna’s Chikun district, state police instructed CNN on the time.

However in keeping with Sani, all youngsters who have been kidnapped within the incident have now been launched. He dismissed earlier reviews of a better variety of lacking youngsters as “a figment of individuals’s creativeness.”

Kaduna state, which borders the Nigerian capital Abuja to the southwest, has grappled with recurring incidents of kidnappings for ransom by bandits and has witnessed a number of mass abductions lately.

In an earlier publish on X, Sani was seen addressing dozens of kids and wrote that he was “glad to see our launched youngsters in excessive spirits on Sunday night.”

He wrote that they might proceed to “endure psychosocial counseling” and obtain “correct medical supervision.”

The gunmen beforehand demanded a ransom of 1 billion naira ($620,000) and threatened to kill the entire college students if their calls for weren’t met, in keeping with a member of the group.

Nigeria’s Nationwide Safety Adviser Nuhu Ribadu had coordinated the “operations of the safety companies, which finally resulted on this profitable final result,” Sani mentioned.

“The Nigerian Military additionally deserves particular commendation for exhibiting that with braveness, willpower and dedication, prison components might be degraded and safety restored in our communities,” Sani mentioned.

He additionally thanked Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu for “working around the clock” to make sure the kids’s protected return.

With earlier reporting from CNN’s Nimi Princewill in Abuja and Mariya Knight.

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