© Reuters. Ladies who have been kidnapped from a boarding college within the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their launch in Zamfara, Nigeria
By Afolabi Sotunde
GUSAU, Nigeria (Reuters) – Gunmen have freed all 279 women kidnapped from a boarding college in northwest Nigeria, the governor in Zamfara state stated on Tuesday.
In keeping with earlier reviews, 317 women from the Authorities Ladies Science Secondary (GGSS) Faculty within the city of Jangebe have been kidnapped by an armed gang at round 1 a.m. on Friday.
Zamafara state spokesman Sulaiman Tanau Anka informed Reuters that among the lacking women had run into the bush on the time of the assault, and the variety of these kidnapped was 279. All had now been freed, Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle stated.
Reuters journalists in Jangebe noticed dozens of women in Muslim veils sitting in a corridor in a state authorities constructing.
“Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my coronary heart to announce the discharge of the kidnapped college students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity”, Matawalle stated earlier on Twitter.
“This follows the scaling of a number of hurdles laid towards our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters at the moment are protected,” he stated.
Faculties have change into targets for mass kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria by armed prison teams, in a pattern began by the jihadist group Boko Haram, and later its offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province.
The federal government has repeatedly denied paying ransoms. However President Muhammadu Buhari issued a press release on Friday through which he urged state governments “to assessment their coverage of rewarding bandits with cash and automobiles, warning that the coverage would possibly boomerang disastrously”.
The raid in Zamfara state was the second such kidnapping in little over every week within the northwest, a area more and more focused by prison gangs. On Saturday, gunmen launched 27 teenage boys who have been kidnapped from their college on Feb. 17 within the north-central state of Niger.
In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 270 schoolgirls from the northeastern city of Chibok, in Nigeria’s most excessive profile college kidnapping. Round 100 of them stay lacking.
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