The reunion of the abducted Jangebe girls with their family on Wednesday was marred by chaos as security operatives reportedly opened fire on a gathering outside the school where the reunion was held.
According to reports, the chaos started when frustrated parents hurled stones at government officials at the Jangebe town.
It was gathered that the parents were frustrated over the duration of the handover ceremony.
It was reported that parents were worried about the dangerous roads for fear of being kidnapped by bandits.
It will be recalled that Nigerdeltaconnect had earlier reported that girls, aged 10 and up, were abducted by gunmen locally known as bandits from their hostels in Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State on Friday, February 26 and were released on Tuesday.
Upon their release, the girls were brought to the government’s provincial offices, Government House, in Gusau for presentation, before being medically examined and reunited with their families.
A boy, who had accompanied his father to be reunited with his sister was reportedly shot during the chaos.
According to CNN reports, he was shot in the stomach when security personnel opened fire on the people gathered outside, and was carried away by sympathisers in the crowd.
”After they abducted our daughters look how soldiers came and shot our kids. Now, which of these pains are we going to deal [with],” Abubakar asked in the video, as he was standing over his unconscious son, who was lying on a hospital bed.
Heavily-armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, and pillaging.
It will be recalled that, following the escalating cases of abductions, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security operatives to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 rifle to death.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, March 3, by Presidential spokesman, Mallam Shehu Garba, in an interview with the BBC Hausa.
Garbu revealed that the president directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.
This development was made as part of the synergy made by the federal government to bring to an end, the reign of banditry in Zamfara as well as other northern states.