Kidnappers release Kaduna schoolgirls, teachers

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Abductors have released six schoolgirls and two teachers who were kidnapped since 3rd October.

The students and teachers of Engravers College in Chikun Local Government Area were freed.

Their captors reportedly received N10 million before freeing them, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

There were initial fears for their safety for nearly two weeks after the ransom was paid and the kidnappers refused to release them.

Following their release, they were taken to a police station and a hospital in Kaduna for medical evaluation.

Nigeria Police spokesperson in Kaduna, Yakubu Sabo, is however yet to confirm the development since EduCeleb.com contacted him.

Confirming the development, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, said they were released on Saturday.

“We are relieved that this criminal violation of the right to liberty is over and that they are all back safely,” he said.

“The victims, most of whom are minors, and their families will now be focusing on recovering from this undeserved trauma. We appeal for considerate reporting of their ordeal and respect for their privacy.”As we continue to combat banditry, kidnapping and other crimes, the Kaduna State Government urges all our communities not to give comfort to criminals by dividing victims and inserting ethno-religious narratives for the activities of ruthless miscreants.”

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“The state government calls for vigilance in all our communities and continued cooperation with the security agencies in this battle to secure our state and all who live in it.”

EduCeleb.com recalls that when the girls and their teachers were abducted early October at their school on the outskirts of Kaduna City, state officials promised to ensure their immediate release.

But parents and school officials were later allowed to communicate with the kidnappers to ensure the safety of the victims.

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