Kidnappers in Nigeria published 53 World News, including women and children confiscated on the bus
Kidnappers have released 53 people, including women and children they confiscated from a bus in Nigeria, while dozens of other people who were removed from a school in another incident are still missing.
Criminal gangs known as “bandits” in the northwest and central Nigeria have intensified attacks, kidnappings, rape and looting in recent years.
A gang had confiscated 53 people last week, including 20 women and nine children, who were traveling in a state bus in the village of Kundu, Niger state.
“I was delighted with the 53 … bus passengers who were kidnapped by armed bandits a week ago,” said Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in a tweet late Sunday.
It is not known if a ransom was paid, but state officials previously stated they would not pay a ransom.
“We had a week of dialogue, consultation, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to secure their release within a very short time,” governor spokeswoman Mary Noel-Berje said in a statement.
The freed bus passengers received medical examinations before being reunited with their families, she added.
In another incident last week, 42 people, including 27 high school students, were abducted from a school and are still missing.
“The students at the Government Science College Kagara are still in the hands of their prisoners, but everything is being done to ensure their release,” said Noel-Berje.
A plane on a surveillance mission in connection with a possible rescue operation crashed near the Nigerian capital Abuja on Sunday, killing seven people.
Armed men killed 10 people and kidnapped at least 23 others in two separate attacks in the state last week.
“We see these attacks almost every day now and it is worrying,” Noel-Berje said at the time.
Bandits are known to hide in camps in the Rugu Forest, which stretches across the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger. Despite the deployment of troops, deadly attacks persist.
The gangs are largely driven by financial motives and have no known ideological bias.
However, there are growing concerns that they are being infiltrated by jihadists from the northeast who are leading a ten-year-old insurrection to establish an Islamic state.