JUST IN: Over 280 Abducted Kaduna Schoolchildren Regain Freedom

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JUST IN: Over 280 Abducted Kaduna Schoolchildren Regain Freedom

Dozens of schoolchildren abducted from Kuriga, Kaduna have been released after 16 days in captivity, The Herald reports.

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State confirmed their release in an early morning statement on Sunday, March 24.

The statement partly read, “I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for prioritising the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed. While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us, and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.”

The governor also appreciated the courage of the officers of the Nigerian Army for seeing to the successful release of the schoolchildren.

He said, “The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

The Herald reports that about 287 students were kidnapped in their school in an incident that sparked national outrage and condemnation.

The abductors demanded a ransom of N1 billion and a deadline of March 27, 2024 for the payment.

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