22nd February, 2021
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.
Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello corrected the earlier report that the students and others abducted 17 February have been released.
“Those released are the NSTA bus abductees and they have just arrived Government House, while efforts are being intensified to get the Kagara students released”, she clarified.
She appealed to the public to stop mixing the the stories.
“Please I will want to draw the attention of the general public to stop mixing up the story”, she wrote on Twitter.
Twenty-seven students of the Government Science School, three staff and 12 family members were abducted by gunmen last week Wednesday in Kagara Local Government.
There have been negotiations between the bandits and the Niger State Government for their release after the intervention of Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi
Earlier, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello announced the release of the abducted passengers of Niger State Mass Transit bus.
He announced their release on Twitter today, one week after they were captured.
The passengers were abducted by the bandits, while travelling from Kontagora to Minna on 14 February.
On 17 February, the RPG wielding bandits released video and photos of the captives, threatening to kill them.
Governor Bello did not indicate whether ransom was paid to get the captives released.
In a tweet on Monday, he said 53 passengers were abducted, far more than the 21 bandied about before.
I was delighted to receive the 53 released NSTA bus passengers who were abducted by armed bandits a week ago.
We are currently doing all that we can to secure the release of abducted students of GSC, Kagara and return them safely to their parents. pic.twitter.com/RNIxAtl4fD
— Abubakar Sani Bello (@abusbello) February 22, 2021
*Updated with the clarification from Mary Noel-Berje, chief Press secretary.
Also updated with Governor Sani Bello’s tweet today Monday 22 February