The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College Kagara have finally regained freedom from the armed bandits in Niger State, a top security operative has told Vanguard.
It would be recalled that the bandits stormed the school in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state and abducted 27 students and other staff members and their families on February 17, 2021.
The gunmen were said to be putting on military uniforms when they stormed the school in the early hours of the morning.
Negotiations had been going on for a while to secure the release of the abductees, however, hitches were encountered.
It would be recalled that shortly after the students were abducted, popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, visited the Niger State Governor at the government house in Minna and then proceeded on a trip to visit the bandits in the forest for negotiations.
Gumi, who has continued to call on the government to issue blanket amnesty to bandits, was captured in pictures meeting with them in the forest.
As part of negotiations, there were indications that the federal government were considering the release of some arrested bandits in exchange for the Kagara students.
However, at the time of filing this report, The Street Journal cannot say if a ransom was paid or criminals were swapped with the Kagara students.