300 kidnapped school children in Nigeria released

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Kaduna abduction cases, but locals have blamed it on local gangs that are carrying out killings and kidnappings in these areas.

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KADUNA, Nigeria, 24 March: According to Nigerian government officials, 300 children kidnapped from a school in a village in Kaduna state two weeks ago have been released safely.

More than 1,400 students have been abducted from schools in Nigeria since 2014, when Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped hundreds of students from Chibok village in Borno state in 2014.

Recently, cases of kidnapping have increased in the north-west and central regions of the country, and many armed groups are involved, targeting local villages and schools for kidnapping for ransom.

Kaduna State Governor Uba Sani did not share the details of the 287 students who were released after the abduction in a press conference, but only said that 100 of the students were aged 12 or below.

Uba also thanked Nigerian President Bola Tinubu for his support in the safe recovery of the children. Tinubu vowed to release the children without paying a single penny as ransom.

But paying ransom for kidnapping is common in these areas and the families of the abductees arrange the money.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Kaduna abduction cases, but locals have blamed it on local gangs that are carrying out killings and kidnappings in these areas.

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