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53 abducted passengers released in Nigeria

A security staff uses a thermal scanner to check a temperature of a member of the contact-tracing team, at the Primary Healthcare Centre, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria

Governor of Nigeria’s central-north Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello has said that the state government managed to secure the release of all the 53 passengers abducted by gunmen on February 14 at Kundu village.

The incident happened three days ahead of the widely known abduction of scores of students and staffers of the Government Science College in town Kagara of the Niger State, Xinhua reported.

Addressing journalists in Minna, the state capital, the Governor said that the bus passengers were released after “a series of dialogue, consultations and hard work.”

“Out of the 53 released abductees, 20 are women, 24 men and nine children,” said Bello, adding that they will receive medical checkups and evaluation before reuniting with their families.

The Governor added that efforts are still ongoing to rescue the college students, who were kidnapped by a group of unidentified gunmen following an attack on the school Wednesday.

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