The 317 students of Government Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, abducted on Friday, February 26, have reportedly been released. They regained their freedom on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
This is barely two weeks after they were abducted by gunmen, who led them into the forest disguising as security personnel, on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
It was gathered that joint efforts made by the police, military and personnel of other law enforcement agencies, led to the release of the Jangebe students.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest kidnapping, referring to it as ‘’inhumane and totally unacceptable’’
Speaking further, President Buhari said the government won’t succumb to the demands of the bandits for huge ransom payments, which will be used to purchase more weapons to perpetuate their heinous crimes. He however, said the primary objective was to get the hostages safe and unharmed.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed two operational surveillance helicopters to the state with personnel of Operational Puff Adder to assist the State Police Command in its fight against banditry, abduction and other related crimes.
The UNICEF representative, Peter Hawkins too has condemned the abduction, adding that the cases of abduction of pupils and students have been bothering his mind and called on the kidnappers to set the students free. He further pleaded with the government to ensure thorough safety of schools in the area.
Ironically however, the Zamfara State Police Command, which should be one of the first to know if the girls have been released, has not confirmed the story. The state police spokesman told newsmen that they are not aware of the release.
Still debunking the story, the state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran told BBC Pidgin that the stories making the rounds to the effect that the jangebe school girls have been released is not true.
Continuing, Dauran said “the girls are still being held captive but we are trying very hard to get them released’.
The Jangebe students were kidnapped on Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 just a day after students of Government Science School, Kangara were abducted.