The ABU college students had been kidnapped whereas travelling to Lagos for a tutorial programme.
The 9 French college students of the French Division of Ahmadu Bello College (ABU) have been launched by their kidnappers.
The Chief Safety Officer of the establishment, Ashiru Zango, confirmed the information to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday Morning.
“Sure, they’ve been launched however I am ready to get the complete particulars from their HOD who’s in command of the negotiations,” he mentioned.
Mr Zango didn’t, nevertheless, state if any ransom was paid to safe their launch.
Nevertheless, a newspaper, Information Categorical, reported that the scholars had been launched Saturday night time after 1,000,000 naira was paid as ransom for every of them.
The scholars had been kidnapped whereas travelling to Lagos for a tutorial programme. Their abductors demanded N270 million as ransom, in keeping with Every day Belief newspapers.
In keeping with the report, Dickson Oko, one of many college students who managed to flee when the incident occurred alongside Abuja-Kaduna expressway, mentioned the abductors demanded N30 million on every of them.
Mr Oko had managed to flee along with the motive force of the bus into the bush however sadly sustained gunshot accidents.
The motive force, Nurudeen Mohammed, who narrated his ordeal to the newspaper, mentioned he was conveying the scholars to the French Village in Lagos for his or her Language immersion programme.
He mentioned they had been trapped on the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the freeway when the bandits blocked the 2 lanes and opened fireplace on them.
Whereas the ABU administration confirmed that eight of the scholars have been kidnapped, the motive force insisted that they had been 9 as a result of he was conveying 12 college students and three managed to flee along with him.
The Abuja-Kaduna freeway has been a comfortable spot for kidnappers who’ve terrorized travellers for over three years.
Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger States have skilled frequent assaults from bandits lately, regardless of elevated safety measures within the space. Bandits are often suspected within the assaults, however occasional skirmishes between warring villages have been reported.
PREMIUM TIMES just lately reported how law enforcement officials on a particular project had been kidnapped in Katsina State however later launched.
The officers had been on their approach to Zamfara State from Borno to hold out a particular project earlier than they had been kidnapped.
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 ordered a ban on mining actions in Zamfara after Nigerians held a protest in Abuja to sentence his seeming helplessness amidst a dark safety state of affairs that had prevailed for a number of years.
The Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had said that the federal government gave the directive as a result of it noticed a relationship between banditry and unlawful mining within the state.
In November 2017, the president reacted to an identical outrage in regards to the killings by ordering the creation of a brand new military battalion for Zamfara.
In an effort to additional safe the world, a brigade was additionally moved from Sokoto State to Zamfara, whereas Sokoto obtained a brand new division.
However little appeared to have modified years on, although the navy have reported frequent assaults on bandits’ hideouts.