About 300 students kidnapped from a school in Nigeria freed – governor

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About 300 students kidnapped from a school in Nigeria freed - governor
About 300 students kidnapped from a school in Nigeria freed - governor

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The 287 students kidnapped by armed men from a school in northwestern Nigeria in early March were released this Sunday, the governor of Kaduna state announced.

“The students abducted from Kuriga school were released unharmed,” Uba Sani said in a statement.

The official, who did not give further details about the release of the children, who were kidnapped on March 7, thanked the President of the country, Bola Tinubu, “particularly for ensuring” that they “were released unharmed”.

Tinubu had promised to rescue the students “without paying a cent” for the ransom.

Kidnappings of school students in northern Nigeria are common and have been a source of concern since 2014, when Islamic extremists abducted more than 200 girls from Chibok village in Borno state.

In recent years, kidnappings have been concentrated in the northwest and central regions of the African country, where dozens of armed groups frequently target peasants and travelers in exchange for ransom.

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