Niger State Governor, Sani Bello has contradicted some of his officials who on Sunday evening said the kidnapped 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State who were abducted on Wednesdays have been released.
EyewitnessMedia on Sunday evening learned from some government officials that the victims, who were abducted when gunmen invaded their school on Wednesday, had been released.
Also, a top security source authoritatively told newsmen at 11pm on Sunday that the abductees were around Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State on their way to Minna, the Niger State capital.
The state Governor, Sani Bello, other top officials of the state government and parents of the abductees, were at the Government House Minna, waiting to receive the abductees.
But while addressing the parents at 11:40pm on Sunday, the governor said the abducted students and workers were still in captivity.
“We still have the students of Kagara in the hands of the bandits and everything is being done to secure their release soonest,” the governor said.
Earlier on Sunday, 18 passengers of the Niger State Transport Service, who were abducted on February 14 at Yakila village in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state, were released.
Recall that a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi had in an interview with newsmen on Saturday said the students and other abductees would be released on Sunday.