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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls freed days after being abducted

ZAMFARA: In a mass abduction in the rural town of Jangebe northwestern Nigeria, nearly 300 school students who were kidnapped from a boarding school have been released.

The atrocious incident in the West African nation sparked global outrage as leading countries including the United States along with others condemned the mass abduction and approached the local authorities.

The number of abducted girls varies as some International sources reported it above 300 while others quoted a figure of 279.

Authorities claimed that abductors, who were behind the mass kidnapping, are groups of armed rebels who operate in Zamfara and surroundings and usually conduct these crimes for money or to deal with the release of their members from jail.

Zamfara state police and the Nigerian military have launched multiple joint operations to rescue the schoolgirls.

The barefoot teenagers dressed in light blue attires received health checkups before being returned to their families.

Following the release of the schoolgirls, Nigerian President Buhari expressed his overwhelming joy over the release of the schoolgirls.

In countries like Nigeria, a country of more than 200 million, such events not only negate the right of children to basic education but also make children and parents fearful of educational institutions.

 

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