Gunmen in Nigeria release schoolchildren abducted three months ago

The scholars had been launched after their dad and mom paid a ransom of $140,000 (70 million naira) and gave motorbikes in ransom to the abductors, in keeping with the college headmaster Abubakar Alhassan.

Whereas 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 federal government contributed, people have contributed, the imams, pastors have additionally contributed. Even I obtained a name from TB Joshua, he’s a Christian, however he contributed,” Alhassan stated.

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

“The dad and mom (of the kidnapped college students) negotiated with the abductors — figuring out that the federal government was not able to be a part of the ransom (negotiations),” Mary Noel-Berje informed CNN.

Round 136 college students of Salihu Tanko Islamic Faculty Tegina had been taken at gunpoint in Could, the headteacher informed CNN on the time.

The Niger State authorities, nevertheless, clarified in an announcement Friday {that a} “complete of 91 kids and two passers-by had been kidnapped out of which 92 regained their freedom however sadly misplaced one of many kids.”

The assertion added that the launched college students seemed “feeble and malnourished,” and a few will “require extra medical consideration” earlier than being reunited with their households.

Joyful reunion

Hauwa’u Isa, whose seven kids had been amongst these launched, informed CNN: “I can’t discover a phrase to precise how delighted I’m at this time. For the previous 88 days, I’ve been praying to not die with out seeing my kids.”

One other mum or dad, Fatima Adamu, stated she nearly gave up hope of seeing her kidnapped five-year-old son once more.

“I used to be nearly giving up about seeing my son once more..however I thank God as a result of at this time I will probably be going residence with him,” she informed CNN.

Kidnapping for ransom stays a serious safety problem in Nigeria.

A whole bunch of scholars have been kidnapped in several incidents within the northern a part of the nation since December.

The Niger State authorities stated the string of kidnappings has “in no small measure discouraged dad and mom from sending their kids to high school.”

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

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