Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has gotten the 53 travelers on board the transport having a place with the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) snatched by furnished outlaws as of late in Kundu town, along Tegina-Minna street in the State.
Accepting the casualties at the Public authority House Minna, Bello said their opportunity was because of a progression of discourse, meetings and difficult work.
They were given over to the Public authority group yesterday, from an undisclosed area in Zamfara State, precisely multi week after their snatching
They arrived at the government house exactly 11:15pm yesterday, in four 18-seater buses.
This is coming amidst speculations on the payment of N500m as ransom, though the governor kept insisting the State would not pay ransom to bandits.
He stated that before releasing the victims to their families, they would have to undergo medical checkup and evaluation.
According to him,
“We went through one week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to secure their release within the shortest possible time.
“We have made all necessary arrangements to ensure that they go through a thorough medical therapy and evaluation and once that is done, then we can be safely handed them over to their loved ones.”
The Governor then thanked God for their safe return and also appreciated the people for their prayers.
The release of the bus passengers is not unconnected with the intervention of the Kaduna based Islamic Cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi.
It would be recalled after meeting with a group of the bandits on Thursday last week, the cleric assured that all those abducted, including the students will be released unhurt.
In any case, in spite of the affirmations given by the government and the Sheik Gumi-drove exchange group, the 27 understudies of Kagara Governments Science School, three staff and 12 relations of the staff are yet to recover their opportunity.