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Just In: Abducted Kagara students,teachers released

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The 27 students and three teavhers of the Government Science College, Kagara with their 12 family members abducted by gunmen have been released.

They were released in the early morning of Saturday in Madaka area of Rafi local government area of Niger state.

Government sources told The Nation the abductees currently on their way to Minna.

Some of the parents of the students are also on their way to Minna as they said they were told that their children have been released.

One of the parents said that he is anxious to reunite with his son

Although there have been no official confirmation to this release top government sources have confirmed release of the kidnapped.

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Five vigilantes killed, others injured as gunmen attack Niger communities

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Five vigilante group members have been killed and many others injured during an attack on a local market and some communities in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Monday.

It was learnt that the affected communities included Bassa, Beri, Beri-Kago, Gatawi, Kini, Bmada and other adjoining villages in Manta District of the council.

Co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Kokki confirmed the attack.

He said, “This morning again, they stormed a number of communities in Gurmana District of same Shiroro local government area and unleashed havoc on unsuspecting victims.

“Kokki, Shekadna, Karibo, Jabuki, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Maganda and other adjoining villages came under renewed attacks.

“The attacks being carried out by heartless terrorists heavily armed with sophisticated weapons on communities in the Shiroro LGA, Niger State, have become sad realities which inhabitants of the local government have been compelled to experience on daily basis.

“Five members of local vigilante group were gunned down while many people sustained gunshot injuries. Others were kidnapped and taken away.”

No official report has been made by the state police public relations officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun at the time of filing this report.

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BREAKING: Benue Murdered soldiers for burial today

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Remains of 12 Soldiers who were killed by Bonta Militias in Konshisha local government area of Benue State, have arrived the Military cemetery in Wurukum Makurdi, Benue State capital for burial.

The 12 military personnel including one captain and 11 soldiers were ambushed at Bonta last Monday and killed by the militias.

At time of filling this report, the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, top government officials as well as military top bras have arrived the venue waiting for the commencement of the burial rites

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If They Like, Let Them Kidnap My Son, I Will Never Pay Ransom To Bandits – El-Rufai Vows

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has made his stance on paying ransom to bandits clear.
He said he will never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap his family members.
The governor said this in a radio chat on Friday in Kaduna to corroborate his government’s policy of not negotiating with bandits.
Mr El-Rufai had said bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.
In his current remarks on Friday, Mr El-Rufai said he had warned his family members to be careful to avoid being abducted. He said he also told them he would never pay a ransom for their freedom, should any of them get into the hands of bandits.
“I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom.”
Speaking on efforts of his government in securing the release of the students kidnapped at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March, the governor said the government would keep exploring other ways to get them back to their families but stressed that the government is “absolutely not paying ransom.”
He said the state government will keep exploring those other means until the students are released.
Mr El-Rufai has been under pressure from the parents of the students, other concerned persons and groups to negotiate with the bandits for the release of the students.
The state governments of Katsina, Niger and Zamfara were believed to have negotiated with the abductors for the release of hundreds of students kidnapped from schools in the states.
The federal government too was also believed to have negotiated with the abductors of students from a girls’ school in Dapchi, Yobe State in an incident in which the terrorist-kidnappers withheld one of the students, Leah Sharibu, allegedly because she refused to renounce her faith, one of their conditions for the release of the students.
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