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Nigeria: Gunmen free scores of young students abducted from school three months ago


The students have been launched after their mother and father paid a ransom of $140,000 (70 million naira) and gave motorbikes in ransom to the abductors, in accordance with the school headmaster Abubakar Alhassan.

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While addressing journalists after the youngsters regained freedom, Alhassan stated the cash was raised after Nigerians from completely different sectors contributed funds to safe their freedom.

“The government contributed, individuals have contributed, the imams, pastors have also contributed. Even I received a call from TB Joshua, he is a Christian, but he contributed,” Alhassan stated.

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However, a spokeswoman for the Niger State authorities, Mary Noel-Berje, stated authorities weren’t half of negotiations with the abductors.

“The parents (of the abducted students) negotiated with the kidnappers — knowing that the government was not ready to be part of the ransom (negotiations),” Mary Noel-Berje instructed CNN.

Around 136 students of Salihu Tanko Islamic School Tegina have been taken at gunpoint in May, the headteacher instructed CNN on the time.

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The Niger State authorities, nevertheless, clarified in a press release Friday {that a} “total of 91 children and two passers-by were kidnapped out of which 92 regained their freedom but unfortunately lost one of the children.”

The assertion added that the launched students appeared “feeble and malnourished,” and a few will “require more medical attention” earlier than being reunited with their households.

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Joyful reunion

Hauwa’u Isa, whose seven youngsters have been amongst these launched, instructed CNN: “I cannot find a word to express how delighted I am today. For the past 88 days, I have been praying not to die without seeing my children.”

Another guardian, Fatima Adamu, stated she virtually gave up hope of seeing her kidnapped five-year-old son once more.

“I was almost giving up about seeing my son again..but I thank God because today I will be going home with him,” she instructed CNN.

Armed men stormed her school in a kidnapping raid. Then she found her family in her captors' hideout

Kidnapping for ransom stays a significant safety problem in Nigeria.

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Hundreds of students have been abducted in several incidents within the northern half of the nation since December.

The Niger State authorities stated the string of kidnappings has “in no small measure discouraged parents from sending their children to school.”

Dozens of faculties have been closed down in Nigeria’s northern area to forestall additional assaults on tutorial establishments that are seen to be susceptible.


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