Kebbi: 7 months after, gunmen free 30 abducted FGC, Yauri students

Gunmen, in Kebbi State, have reportedly freed 30 students and a teacher of the Federal Government College, Yauri, after seven months of captivity, a local official has revealed.

According to the French news agency, AFP, thirty students of Federal Government College and one teacher have arrived in Birnin-Kebbi following their release” a spokesman for the Kebbi State governor, Yahaya Sarki, said, at the weekend.

“They shall undergo medical screening and support while being reunited with their families,” he added, in a statement. It was unclear if ransom was paid for the release of the students or if any others were still in captivity.

Last June, gunmen stormed the college in the town of Yauri, seizing 102 students and eight staff according to the school. Security personnel rescued eight of the kidnapped students and a teacher while bodies of three students were found in the bush.

The kidnappers freed 27 students and three staff in October, while an unspecified number were released after their parents negotiated with the captors.

More than 1,400 children were abduted in Nigeria last year, according to the United Nations, (UN), mostly during attacks on schools and colleges by gunmen.

Students are often quickly released after ransom payments, but 200 were still missing in September, the UN added.

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