All 279 girls kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria have been released and are on government premises, the local governor told AFP Tuesday.
Nigeria has been rocked by four mass abductions of students in less than three months, sparking widespread anger against the government and memories of the 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok, in the country’s east, that shocked the world.
“I am happy to announce that the girls are free,” Dr. Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, told an AFP journalist. “They have just arrived in the government house and are in good health.”
VIDEO: Kidnapped Nigerian students released.
After being released, hundreds of students who had been kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria, gathered at Zamfara state government premises pic.twitter.com/of4maoBjeo
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 2, 2021