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Abductors release 75 Zamfara pupils in custody

The seventy-five students that were abducted from Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been released.

The student had been in the den of the kidnappers since September 1, 2021.

The Nigerian Television Authority, NTA disclosed this through their verified Facebook page Monday night.

Recall that Zamfara State Police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, had said in a statement that a large group of attackers invaded the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya that Wednesday morning, seizing the pupils. He had given the number of seized children as 73.

“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated.

Shehu said that Police rescue teams were working with the military to secure the release of the pupils.

The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours.

A former councillor of Kaya ward, Yahaya Kaya, said that his niece was among those released by the bandits; adding that the five freed pupils had been returned to their hometown of Kaya.

It is not yet clear if any ransom was paid before the pupils were released.

Following the abduction, the Zamfara State Government had ordered the immediate deboarding of boarding facilities in 30 schools.

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