Thirty students who were kidnapped from the Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, have been reunited with their families.
This comes four months after armed robbers assaulted the school and abducted an unknown number of pupils and four teachers. In June, an attack took place.
In a statement released on Thursday, Mr Yahaya Sarki, the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, verified the pupils’ release.
“Today Thursday, the 21st of October 2021, thirty (30) students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri have arrived Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital following their release while efforts are still continuing to secure the release of the remaining,” he said.
“They shall undergo medical screening and support while being reunited with their families. We thank all those who have helped in securing the release, while congratulating Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, for the success.”
While officials have yet to determine the precise number of children and teachers kidnapped by the bandits, some have already been released.
The state Police command confirmed that rumors that the robbers who assaulted the school utilized a police car to kidnap roughly 50 pupils were untrue.
Although the assailants used a stolen car to carry out the attack, the vehicle does not belong to the police, according to Nafi’U Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kebbi.