Nigeria: 42 hostages freed and 317 young girls still in the hands of the kidnappers

Nigeria, February 26, 2021: Parents of girls kidnapped from public high school in Jangebe, Zamfara state, come to the news.

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In Nigeria, 42 hostages who were captured last week were released on Saturday, February 27, in Niger State, in the northwest of the country.

Yesterday, Friday, we learned of the kidnapping of more than 300 young girls in their boarding school in the neighboring state of Zamfara, still in the same region.


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With our correspondent in Abuja,

Liza Fabbian

The hostages from Kagara were taken to Minna, the capital of Niger State, where they are to be received by the local governor.

Twenty-seven students, 12 teachers and members of their families were

captured last Wednesday

after an attack on a boarding school by armed men.

They were reportedly released this Saturday morning, but details on the conditions of their release are not known at this stage.

Nevertheless, the local authorities very quickly claimed to be in contact with their captors and to have started negotiations with them.

Last Sunday, another group of 53 hostages had already been released in Niger State and received by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

The Nigerian press reports that the latter complained, in recent days, of having received almost no material or financial assistance from Abuja to ensure the release of the hostages.

Yesterday, Friday,

317 young girls were captured

in their establishment, a public high school in the neighboring state of Zamfara where armed gangs have been increasing the atrocities for a decade.  

Read also: Nigeria: anger mounts at the repeated kidnappings


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