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Niger Govt Denies Paying Ransom To Rescue Kagara Students




Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has dismissed reports that the state paid a ransom for the release of students abducted from Government Science College, Kagara.

Recall that bandits on February 17 invaded the school located in Rafi Local Government and abducted 27 students, 3 teachers, two non-teaching staff and 9 family members of the staff.

Naija News had earlier reported that the victims were released on Saturday to a team of police and other security agents around 7 am on Saturday.

The victims who were received by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on Saturday recounted their harrowing experience in the hands of their abductors.

Speaking to newsmen after meeting with the abductees, Governor Bello said “a lot of logistics” were involved in ensuring the safe release and movement of the abductees from the kidnappers’ den to the state capital.

He stated that security agencies, traditional rulers, and local vigilantes were involved in ensuring the safe release of the victims.

“There was no ransom. We, however, incurred a lot of logistics because we had to involve so many groups — even the logistics — to bring them, and to settle the stakeholders — I’m referring to security agencies, our local vigilantes, our traditional rulers and other stakeholders,” he said.

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“It was a very difficult task, very demanding, and at the end of the day, we are happy it yielded result,” he added.