‘Abducted Zamfara schoolgirls will be released soon’

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The abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara will be released very soon, according to the governor of the state, Gov. Bello Matawalle.

Matawalle stated this in Gusau on Sunday while receiving the federal government delegation which was in the state for sympathy visit over the abduction of the children.

“We are using the leaders of the repentant bandits to rescue the schoolgirls from the kidnappers.

“Very soon we are going to witness the release of the abductees,” the governor said.

He said his administration “is going to continue with peace process with bandits considering its impacts in addressing security challenges facing the state”.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sending the delegation to symphathise the state over what he described as “ugly act”.

Meanwhile Yusuf Idris, media aide to the governor has faulted media report that the girls have been released by their abductors.

Idris said the governor on Sunday had a meeting with traditional rulers in the state at Government House, Gusau, towards ensuring safe return of the students.

Idris called on the parents and residents of the state to pray for the safe return of the students.

“The state government is committed for safe return of the students sooner or later, we should please exercise patience,” the official said.

The commissioner of police in the state, Abutu Yaro, also said the girls were yet to be released.

“I want to call the attention of the good people of Zamfara State, they should disregard any fake news regarding the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe by one national daily. It’s not true. But, Alhamdulillah, the state government and securities are their trying their best,” he said in a short message he made available to our reporter.

The students were abducted on  Friday, about two weeks after 38 students and staff were also abducted from a school in Kagara, Niger State. Those abducted in Niger were released on Saturday morning