Abubakar Bello, Niger State governor, has claimed that no ransom was paid for the release of students, teachers and others abducted from the Government Science Secondary School in Kagara area of the state.
Bandits dressed in military uniforms had stormed the school on February 17, and abducted 41 persons.
However, the victims were released on Saturday, after spending nine days with their abductors.
Speaking to journalists after receiving the students at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, Bello said:
“There was no ransom. We, however, incurred a lot of logistics because we had to involve so many groups even the logistics to bring them, and to settle the stakeholders. I’m referring to security agencies, our local vigilantes, our traditional rulers and other stakeholders.”
The governor had ordered the closure of all boarding schools in the state following the incident.