The abductees from Government Science Secondary School Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have arrived in Minna, the state capital.
According to a government official, the released victims consist of schoolchildren, some girls and their family members. The students were said to have been taken to a location away from the Government House in Minna.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has reacted to the news of the Kagara victims’ release. President Muhammadu in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, welcomed the students’ release, commending the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger State for their responses in securing the release.
The President directed all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits and bring them to justice.
“We are happy they have been released,” Buhari said while sympathising with the staff and the students, their parents, and friends on this ordeal.
He noted that the country will not continue to suffer these attacks that threaten the growth of education, security, and the life of the future leaders at the same time putting the nation in a negative light.
Buhari also reiterated his earlier advice to school owners, particularly the state and local governments, as well as religious organizations to scale up security around their schools in line with the standards laid down by the UN-backed Safe School Programme of the administration.