The abducted students of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State have regained their freedom, 13 days after their abduction.
This new development was confirmed by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) via its verified Facebook page overnight.
Nigerian Police had confirmed that gunmen abducted more than 70 students in the country’s northwest state of Zamfara.
Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara State Police spokesman, had said in a statement that a large group of bandits stormed Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya that Wednesday morning, grabbing the pupils and gave the number of captured children as 73.
“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated.
Mohammed Shehu stated that Police rescue teams were working with the military to secure the release of the pupils.
The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours.
However, it was learnt that due to the attack, Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, ordered the closure of all schools in the state.
According to a statement on that Wednesday by Mohammed Shehu, the Zamfara police spokesman, a search-and-rescue team was deployed in search of the students.
“The Zamfara state police command wishes to confirm the abduction of 73 students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya in Maradun LGA. The abduction followed the invasion of the school by a large number of armed bandits that occurred today at exactly 1122hrs,” the statement reads.
“The command under the leadership of CP Ayuba N Elkanah psc+ has deployed search and rescue team that was mandated to work in synergy with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students”.
Shehu said the police commissioner appealed to the general public, especially parents and relatives of the abducted students, to be patient and continue to pray for the success of the ongoing rescue operation.
“Security has also been beefed up at Kaya Village and environs to forestall fa further attack on the communities,” he added.
“Further development will be made known to members of the public”.
The development is the latest in a series of attacks on communities across Zamfara and the northwest region in general.