Seven out of the 317 female students abducted at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State have escaped from their abductors, a report has revealed.
The girls returned home on their own as they claimed they manoeuvred their way back from the bandits while trekking along the forest, Channels Television reported a source in Jangebe as saying.
According to the source, the escaped students said more had also escaped and are expected back soon.
The girls were abducted from their boarding school in the early hours of Friday.
Abutu Yaro, the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, confirmed that 317 students were abducted, saying he got the figure from the school principal.
Yaro appealed to the parents of the abducted students to be calm, saying that the joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will lead to a successful rescue of the students.
This incident comes on the back of another abduction of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
A total of 41 students, staff and family relatives of the school employees are still being held captive by their abductors.