UPDATED: Abducted Niger Passengers Have Been Released, The Students are yet to be released – Niger State Gov’t
One week after they were abducted, passengers of the Niger State Transport Mass Transit have regained freedom. Niger Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello announced this on his twitter handle on Sunday afternoon.
The News Digest had reported 39 passengers were abducted by bandits on their way from Kontagora to Minna last Sunday. The abductees were released on Sunday afternoon in an undisclosed location in Zamfara state.
JUST IN: Abducted Kagara Students not yet released – Niger Govt
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State, Mary Noel, has described as ‘rumour’, the purported release of abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
The News Digest had quoted a statement credited to the CPS by some credible online platforms that they were released and on their to Minna from Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State. However, when contacted by the News Digest, Mrs Mary said the students are not yet released though the negotiations and discussions with bandits are on their final stage.
“The students have not been released but we are hopeful they will be released soon, we just received the kidnapped NSTA passengers and that is to show the Government commitment to making sure all the kidnapped residents of the state are free and reunited with their loved ones,” she said