Nine Kidnapped ABU Students Regain Freedom
The nine students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State who were kidnapped last week Sunday by gunmen have been released from captivity.
Their release was confirmed by the Director of Public Affairs of Ahmadu Bello University, Auwalu Umar on Sunday.
The students from the Department of French were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village in Badagry when they were kidnapped at the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
The bandits suspected to be kidnappers blocked the two lanes of the road and opened fire on their vehicle.
They were however released on Saturday night by their abductors. The students have been reunited with their families after their release.
He, however, did not say if any ransom was paid either by the school or the parents of the students before they were released.
Umar said, “All that I can say is that our students that were kidnapped some days ago have been released.”
On whether a ransom was paid before their release, Umar added, “We don’t want to go into that. Honestly, I don’t know but all that I can confirm to you is that they (students) have been released. They were released last night (Saturday).”
Also, a brother to one of the students, Julius Mutum, tweeted that his sister has been freed.
Mutum wrote, “Some of the #ABU9 including my sister have just regained their freedom. Strictly by family efforts. Thank you @TheAbusite for lending your voice when everyone including govt and security agents didn’t care.”