Abducted Zaria Polytechnic Students And Lecturers Released
After spending weeks in captivity, six students and two staff members of Nuhu-Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State, have regained their freedom.
OduNews.com had earlier reported that the freed students and staff members were kidnapped on June 11 when bandits stormed the school and staff quarters, while one of the students was killed during the attack.
The abducted students and lecturers had remained in captivity for almost a month before they were released on Thursday night by their abductors.
Confirming the report in a statement, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the polytechnic, Abdullahi Shehu, said the kidnapped students and staff members regained their freedom following negotiations with parents and relatives of the abductees and the bandits.
Though he did not state how much ransom was paid before their freedom, he added that they had since joined their families.
Also, the management of the polytechnic thanked the state government, as well as the community, security agencies, and the Emir of Zazzau for their support during the period of their abduction.
The news of their freedom comes five days after unknown gunmen abducted over 120 students from the Bethel Baptist School in Chikun local government of the state.
The bandits had stormed the school at about 1:00 am on Monday and whisked the students out of their dormitories. However, the police confirmed the rescue of 26 of the pupils.