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Bandits Release 11 Out Of 200 Kidnapped Niger Students

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Bandits who abducted about two hundred Islamiyya (Arabic) school students in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have released 11 of their victims.

Naija News gathered that those released are small children between the ages of four to five years who are unable to walk very well.

This online news medium previously reported that no fewer than two hundred Islamiyya (Arabic) school students have been kidnapped by heavily armed men in Tegina, in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

Channels Television reports that one person was shot dead while another lays critically injured during the attack which happened on Sunday evening, at about 4:30 pm.

A resident who gave his name as Zayyad Mohammed confirmed to newsmen on a phone conversation that the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school where the incident took place, was built by a retired Immigration Officer.

Eleven of the abducted students have now regained their freedom as confirmed by the Chief Press Secretary to Niger Governor, Mary Noel Berge.

She said: “11children who were too small and couldn’t walk, among the kidnapped Islamiyya Students, were released by the gunmen.”

“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello described the incident as unfortunate and unbecoming of the serial attacks.”

“He assured the Joint Military Taskforce has been mobilised to the area and already tracing the gunmen for possible isolation and ambush.”

“Bello appealed for calm and restated the strong resolve of his government to protect lives and property.”

Meanwhile, the management of Greenfield University has confirmed the release of all students and non-academic staff abducted by bandits.

The institution made this known on Saturday while reacting to a statement by the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammad Jalige, that three students are still in captivity.

In a press statement, on Saturday, Registrar of Greenfield University, Muhammad Bashir, countered the statement made by the police command.

Bashir noted that the remaining fourteen abducted students and non-academic staff have regained their freedom.

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