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90 students, staff freed after 4 months in captivity

Four months after, over 90 students and staff of the Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State have been freed.

The Father of one of the students, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed to Radio Nigeria that all the abductees have been released on Tuesday.

Authorities have not issued a statement on the release as of the time of filing this report.

Heavily armed bandits reportedly came on motorcycles from the neighbouring Rijau forest in Niger State and abducted staff and students.

They killed a security personnel during an exchange of gunfire, while a student sustained gunshot injuries.

Banditry

Bandits is a poor description of the sophisticated criminal networks that operate throughout broad regions of northern western and central Nigeria.

Motorcycle gangs terrorize the area, stealing livestock, kidnapping for ransom, killing anyone who confronts them.

A serving army general was assassinated and his sister kidnapped in July on the key road from Abuja to Kogi state.

In July, an ambush in Zamfara state murdered 13 military police and captured at least 150 civilians.

Over 300 pupils are believed to be kidnapped from schools in Kaduna, Niger, and Kebbi states, many in broad daylight.

Some are five-year-old Islamic primary school pupils who, according to the kidnappers, are unwell.

The gangs demand vast sums of money to free the children, which the parents cannot afford, while the police refuse to pay ransoms or engage with criminals.

Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur, Editing by Tola Oguneye