Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped final week from a boarding college in the northwestern Zamfara state have been launched, the state’s governor stated Tuesday.
Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle introduced that 279 women have been freed.
Gunmen kidnapped the ladies from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe city on Friday, in the latest in a sequence of mass kidnappings of college students in the West African nation.
An Associated Press reporter noticed hundreds of women dressed in gentle blue hijabs and barefoot sitting on the state Government House workplace in Gusau.
After the assembly, the ladies have been escorted outdoors by officers and brought away in vans. They appeared calm and ranged in ages from 10 and up.
“Alhamdulillah! (God be praised!) It gladdens my coronary heart to announce the release of the kidnapped college students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of a number of hurdles laid in opposition to our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters at the moment are protected,” Matawalle stated in a put up on Twitter early Tuesday.
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At the time of the assault, one resident informed AP that the gunmen additionally attacked a close-by navy camp and checkpoint, stopping troopers from responding to the mass abduction on the college.
Police and the navy had since been finishing up joint operations to rescue the ladies, whose abduction brought on worldwide outrage.
String of college kidnappings
Nigeria has seen a number of such assaults and kidnappings in latest years. On Saturday, 24 college students, six employees and eight kin have been launched after being kidnapped on February 17 from the Government Science College Kagara in Niger state. In December, greater than 300 schoolboys from a secondary college in Kankara, in northwestern Nigeria, have been taken and later launched. The authorities has stated no ransom was paid for the scholars’ release.
The most infamous kidnapping was in April 2014, when 276 women have been kidnapped by the jihadist rebels of Boko Haram from the secondary college in Chibok in Borno state. More than 100 of these women are nonetheless lacking. Boko Haram is against western schooling and its fighters typically goal faculties.
Other organized armed teams, regionally referred to as bandits, typically abduct college students for cash. The authorities says massive teams of armed males in Zamfara state are identified to kidnap for cash and to press for the release of their members held in jail.
Experts say if the kidnappings proceed to go unpunished, they could proceed.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari stated final week the federal government wouldn’t “succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who goal harmless college college students in expectation of big ransom funds.” He referred to as on state governments to assessment their coverage of making funds, in cash or autos, to bandits, saying such a coverage has the potential to backfire.