The Jangebe schoolgirls abducted by terrorists last Friday have now been released. Governor Bello Matawalle announced their release on Tuesday in a tweet.
Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity.
This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe.
The 279 students arrived in buses Government House, Gusau, at about 4a.m. on Tuesday.
On Sunday, there were reports about the release of the girls, initially reported to be 317.
Governor Matawalle debunked the report, but promised the girls would soon be released.
The girls were abducted early on Friday from Government Girls School in Jangebe, in Talata Marafa LGA of Zamfara state.
It was the fourth mass abduction by terrorists in the North west, since December 2020.
Their release comes about a few days after the release of 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped from a boarding school last week in the north-central state of Niger.
Kidnappings for ransom by armed groups, many of whom carry guns and ride motorcycles, are common across many northern Nigerian states.
It was gathered that about 800 million Naira was paid to secure the release of the students from Niger State.
In the meantime, no statement has been made bout how much it cost to secure the release of the schoolgirls.