More than 130 abducted schoolchildren in Nigeria are returning home after weeks in captivity

Mar26,2024



kaduna: Over 130 Nigerian schoolchildren Rescued After being in captivity for more than two weeks, he reached his home state in the north-west on Monday Nigeria Ahead of their anticipated reunions with families, following the latest series of mass school kidnappings in the West African nation.
Military officials said six of the 137 students were still in hospital, and a staff member who was kidnapped along with the children died in captivity.
Children riding motorcycles were caught gunmen On March 7, at his school in the remote town of Kuriga in Kaduna state, a massive rescue operation began. They were rescued by the military on Sunday from a forest about 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles) north of the neighboring state of Zamfara, although authorities have not provided any details of the rescue or whether any suspected kidnappers have been arrested. it was done.
The students, many of whom were as young as 10, were brought to the Kaduna state government home on Monday with new haircuts and newly stitched clothes and shoes – their first change of clothes since their abduction.
Some of them had pain in their legs which suggested that they may have walked long distances to the forests where they were held hostage.
Major General Mayrenso Saraso, a military chief in Kaduna, said as he handed them over to the government, “The six children still in the hospital will be made available as soon as doctors have certified them fully fit.”
Information Minister Mohammed Idris told reporters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, that no ransom was paid for the children's freedom and that their kidnappers “will be caught by security agencies and will never be spared.”
Arrests are rare in Nigeria's kidnapping crisis as most victims are released only after ransom is paid by their families or through deals that sometimes include the release of their gang members. However, the Nigerian government does not approve of such deals.
School officials originally told the state government that a total of 287 students were abducted during the attack. However, Kaduna Governor Uba Sani said only 137 were confirmed to have been seized.
Governor Sani said, “We are happy here today and celebrating the safe return of our children. They will soon be with their families and their parents.”
Their parents were not available to pick them up and authorities did not allow the schoolchildren to speak to journalists. The Associated Press could not reach families in the town of Curiga, where there is no cellphone service.
But on Sunday, a parent spoke of his sleepless nights while waiting for his children to return.
Jubril Curiga, whose 9-year-old daughter was one of the kidnapped children, said, “We were shocked by the absence of our children. Our children were far away in the bushes, with no food and no good water.”
At least 1,400 students have been abducted from Nigerian schools since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok village in Borno state in 2014. In recent years, kidnappings have been concentrated in the country's conflict-ridden northwestern and central regions, where dozens of armed groups often target villagers and travelers for ransom.



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