The students kidnapped from Government Day Secondary School in Kaya, Zamfara State’s Maradun Local Government Area, have been released.
“The 75 pupils of Government Day Secondary School Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State who were kidnapped around two weeks ago have been released,” says the statement.
The event comes after Zamfara’s cellphone networks were shut down to combat banditry.
Gunmen stormed the school and kidnapped the children as well as a teacher.
However, five of them managed to flee the next day.
One of the runaway students’ fathers said that his daughter came home at 1 a.m. the next day.
He said his daughter told him that their captors divided them into two groups, and in the process of dividing them, she and four others managed to escape.
The ongoing measures has yielded results as many of the captives have been set free from captivity.
Bandits have been finding it difficult to communicate with their informants or get things from some local markets.
Last week, Governor Bello Matawalle said the state government is no longer interested in holding a dialogue with bandits.
He said security forces would flush them out of the state.
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor had said in his address to some residents.
He urged residents to be patient and to support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.
The governor said the barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them to make a fresh overture to government seeking dialogue.
He said the bandits’ emissaries informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.