The government of Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria, has announced the release of passengers abducted by terrorists near Zungeru in the Yakila District of Rafi.
The Twitter account of Abubakar Sani Bello, the Governor of Niger State, said that the state government had secured the release of all the passengers abducted from the Niger State Transit Authority bus.
The passengers, about 28 of them, were abducted on Sunday, Feb. 14, while travelling in the Niger State Government-owned transport vehicle.
In a video shared online, the passengers, including women and children, were seen surrounded by their abductors armed with AK pattern rifles and at least one rocket-propelled grenade.
They pleaded with the government to ensure their release while their abductors were requesting N500 million ransom.
A few days after their abduction, a group of terrorists stormed Government Science College in Kagara in the state and abducted 27 students, some staff, and their families.
Over the past few years, Northcentral Nigeria has become an epicentre of kidnapping for ransom.
According to a crisis group report, the region’s violence has killed over 8,000 people since 2011 and displaced over 200,000 into neighbouring Niger.