The Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle has confirmed the release of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara state.
The girls were abducted on Friday 26, 2021 from a boarding school in Zamfara state.
The Jangebe kidnap is the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the northern Nigeria.
Governor Matawalle confirmed the release on Tuesday morning in his official Twitter handle that 279 girls have been freed. The tweet read as;
“Alhamdulillah! (God be praised!) It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe,”
According to reports, hundreds of girls dressed in light blue hijabs and barefoot were seen sitting at the state Government House office in Gusau.
Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe. pic.twitter.com/YKfHoUuiXP
— Dr. Bello Matawalle (@Bellomatawalle1) March 2, 2021
After the meeting, the girls were escorted outside by officials and taken away in vans. They appeared calm and ranged in ages from 10 and up.
The governor in a statement noted that the agreement to release the girls was reached on Monday by 4pm.
“This is the result of our peace effort and putting to shame all those saying there is no security in this country.
“We are happy that all 279 have safely returned, they will undergo medical checks and given balanced diets to recupperate by the state government before they are handed back to their respective families.
“I want to appeal to parents not to remove their children from school as a result of this, we will ensure additional security in all the schools.
“We thank all media outlets for their support throughout these trying times,” the governor added.
Matawalle also congratulated parents of the victims and Nigerians for the safe return of the girls.