Dozens of kidnapped students in Nigeria have been released.

The youngsters had been taken by armed men earlier this month.

They have now let their victims go, confirms the governor of the area.

The kidnappers had stormed a school in the northern state of Niger.

They took more than 40 people, including 27 students.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said all victims have now been turned over to authorities.

Among other things, they had sent an imam into the forest to negotiate with the kidnappers.

It is more common for armed gangs in Nigeria to kidnap people and demand ransom. More than three hundred girls were taken away on Friday after a raid on their school in Zamfara state. Last December, 344 schoolboys were kidnapped in Katsina. They were released after six days.