The students of the Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, who were abducted last Friday have been released by their captors.
Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State, confirmed this in a post on his Twitter handle on Tuesday.
According to the governor, the schoolgirls were released in the early hours of Tuesday and were received by the state government at Government House, Gusau, the state capital.
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. pic.twitter.com/YKfHoUuiXP
— Dr. Bello Matawalle (@Bellomatawalle1) March 2, 2021
Although the Zamfara State Police Command said 317 students were abducted by the gunmen suspected to be bandits, Governor Matawalle announced the return of 279 schoolgirls.
Seven of the students were said to have escaped from their captors and returned to Jangebe on Friday.
Governor Matawalle insisted that no ransom was paid to the bandits to secure the release of the schoolgirls.