Two kidnapped secondary school students in Kebbi State have escaped from their abductors.
The two, a male and a female, were among the dozens of people recently kidnapped from the Federal Government College (FGC), Yauri, in Kebbi State.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the bandits shot security personnel during an exchange of gunfire and went away with some students and staff members of the school, on June 17. The exact number of kidnapped persons is yet to be verified.
The two students were found wandering, on Saturday, in Dansadau forest in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A chief of the Dansadau emirate confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning. He asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to journalists on the matter.
The official said the students were handed over to the police in Dansadau and were subsequently moved to the police headquarters in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, late on Saturday.
Other local sources told PREMIUM TIMES that the students were found around the Dansadau forest and brought to the police station by locals around 5 p.m. Saturday.
The police commissioner in Zamfara, Hussaini Rabiu, confirmed that the students were found wandering in a bush in Dansadau but said they were rescued by the police.
Mr Rabiu said the students were specifically picked at Babbar Doka village of the Dansadau Emirate and that they were among the many abducted from Federal Government College, Yauri, in Kebbi State.
He identified the students as Maryam Abdulkarim, 15, and Farouk Buhari, 17, from Wushishi LGA of Niger State and Wara in Kebbi State respectively.
“The victims were taken to the hospital for medical checks, and they have been debriefed at the Police Command Headquarters, Gusau. The victims will be handed over to the Kebbi state Government through the Kebbi State Police Command,” the commissioner said.
Kidnapping for ransom has become commonplace in Kebbi, Zamfara and many other states in the North-west and North-central parts of Nigeria.
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