The students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria, who were abducted by terrorists 10 days ago, have regained freedom and are now in Minna, the state capital, government sources said.
Terrorists raided the school on motorbikes and abducted 42 people, including 27 schoolboys, three staff and 12 family members related to the staff, to an unknown destination. A student who tried to escape was allegedly shot dead.
The victims have been freed and are now in Minna, the state capital, a government official told HumAngle.
The schoolboys were being medically examined, after which they would meet Abubakar Bello, Governor of Niger State, at the Government House and reunite with their families, the official added.
It was not immediately clear how they were rescued as no official statement had been released as of press time.
But a viral video shows the schoolboys coming out of a nearby wood around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, in the same Raffi Local Government Area of Niger State.
The abduction stunned the nation as it happened barely two months after over 300 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, were abducted in Dec. 2020.
The latest development came a day after armed terror gangs kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Zamfara on Friday.
The recent mass abductions have evoked memories of Boko Haram’s 2014 abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls in the northeastern town of Chibok, Borno State and ISWAP’s 2018 kidnapping of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls in the northeast state of Yobe.