Friday, February 26, 2021

Kidnappings in Nigeria: Release of 53 hostages kidnapped from a bus


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The conditions of this release have not been specified by the authorities. The 42 people, including 27 schoolchildren, kidnapped Wednesday, at Kagara high school, are still missing.

An armored personnel carrier is parked inside the Government Science College, where gunmen kidnapped dozens of students and staff, in Kagara.

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A group of 53 hostages – including 20 women and 9 children – recently kidnapped in central Nigeria, were released Sunday by their captors, while no news of the 42 people kidnapped last Wednesday from a high school in Kagara, in the same region.

“I was delighted to receive the 53 bus passengers who had been kidnapped by armed bandits a week ago,” Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said in a tweet on Sunday evening.

No details on the conditions of these releases were brought by the authorities, who always affirmed that they would not pay ransom to free the hostages of the “bandits”.

Everything is done to free the other 42 hostages

“We have spent a week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to obtain their release as soon as possible,” said spokeswoman for the governor, Mary Noel-Berje, in a statement. communicated.

The 53 ex-hostages, kidnapped near the village of Kundu in a state-owned company bus, underwent a medical examination before being reunited with their families, she added. On the other hand, the 42 people, including 27 schoolchildren, kidnapped Wednesday at the high school of Kagara, in the same state of Niger, are still missing.

“The students of the Government Science College in Kagara are still in the hands of their captors but everything is being done to ensure their release”, stressed Mary Noel-Berje.

“Bandits” living in the forest

In two other attacks last week in the same state, gunmen killed ten people and abducted at least 23. “We are seeing these attacks now almost daily, and it is worrying,” the door said at the time. -the governor’s speech.

Usually described as “bandits” – as opposed to jihadists or separatist militants – the kidnappers live in the Rugu Forest, on the border of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states.

The north-west and the center of Nigeria are the zone of predilection of these criminal gangs which increase the kidnappings for ransom and the thefts of cattle.

These criminal gangs are motivated by greed, but some have forged links with jihadist groups present in northeastern Nigeria.

(AFP)





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