October 16, 2021

Jubilation in Niger as abducted Kagara students return

Hostages were released Saturday after interventions by religious leaders

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

The joy of Parents of the abducted students of Government Science College, Kagara, knew no bounds as they reunited with their children, Saturday.

27 students, three staff and 12 others were abducted by bandits on February 17, 2021.

The students were released on Saturday morning after series of interventions by religious leaders and other influential persons.

The hostages arrived Minna amidst tight security at about 9:45am and were received by government officials at the Niger state Development Company Suites.

The parents took turns to commend the Niger state government for securing the release of the hostages.

Augustine Aze, a father of one of the hostages, Habakkuk Augustine said he never slept since the abduction. “You can imagine that since they were kidnapped, they had been in the bush. How can I sleep?” He said.

Aliyu Isah, whose wife and five children were among the hostages said he was traumatized since the kidnap.

“I went through trauma. This is something you will never wish your enemy,” he said.

Another parent, Abubakar Musa, said nothing made sense but the safe return of his children, during their captivity.

“Six of my children are among the victims. I am optimistic that I will meet them in good health,” he said.