Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls released days after kidnapping

The ladies were abducted on Friday by armed males who robbed their state-run school in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara State, the authorities stated.

Yusuf Idris, a spokesperson for the local guv Bello Matawalle, stated Tuesday that all 279 ladies had actually been securely returned and were all represented.

The ladies got here in the early hours of Tuesday early morning at the Zamfara federal government’s state home, where they were worn similar pastel hijabs.

Idris stated they remained in a “good condition” although a few of them had open sores on their feet and were provided medical treatment.

A few of the ladies stated their experience at the hands of the abductors. “Most of us got injured on our feet and we could not continue trekking, so they (their captors) said they will shoot anybody who did not continue to walk,” Umma Abubakar informed press reporters collected at the state home on Tuesday.

“We walked across a river and they hid us and let us sleep under shrubs in a forest.”

Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria, government official says

Authorities had actually initially stated 317 trainees were abducted from the Federal government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, however Idris stated that number was inaccurate.

The ladies’ kidnapping is the most recent in a string of comparable kidnapping cases in Nigeria. A minimum of 42 individuals were abducted from a state-run school last month and later on launched, and more than 300 school children were taken and later on released in December.

Kidnapping for ransom is swarming in parts of Nigeria and has actually ended up being a significant security obstacle. State guvs routinely pay ransoms to protect the security of victims however seldom confess to doing so.

Idris stated that no ransom was spent for the ladies’ release, informing CNN that the abducted ladies were released after “repentant bandits” served as intermediaries to negotiate their release.

“They said the kidnappers treated them fairly. They were provided food but they didn’t have a place to sleep, no bed or mattress and they had to walk barefeet. They said it was their worst experience in life,” he included.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari just recently informed state guvs to examine “their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles,” stating the policy “could backfire with potentially disastrous consequences.” Buhari likewise advised state guvs to work difficult to protect their schools.

Buhari responded to the release of the ladies on Tuesday by tweeting that “the news brings overwhelming joy” which he was “pleased their ordeal has come to a happy end without any incident.”

“We are working hard to bring an end to these grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. The Military and the Police will continue to go after kidnappers,” he stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.