The Management of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, says nine of its students abducted along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway by gunmen, have been set free.
Recall that the students from the Department of French were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village in Badagry when they were kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway last Sunday.
But speaking with PUNCH via telephone on Sunday, ABU Director of Public Affairs, Auwal Umar, confirmed the release of the kidnapped students.
Umar said the nine students regained freedom from their captors on Saturday night.
He, however, could not confirm whether a ransom was paid before the release of the students.
“All that I can say is that our students that were kidnapped some days ago have been released,” Umar said.
“We don’t want to go into that [if ransom was paid]. Honestly, I don’t know but all that I can confirm to you is that they [students] have been released. They were released last night [Saturday].”
Also, a brother to one of the students, Julius Mutum, tweeted that his sister had been freed.
He noted that their release was secured “strictly by family efforts.”
“Some of the #ABU9 including my sister have just regained their freedom. Strictly by family efforts. Thank you @TheAbusite for lending your voice when everyone including govt and security agents didn’t care,” Mutum wrote on Twitter.
Some of the #ABU9 including my sister have just regained their freedom. Strictly by family efforts. Thank you @TheAbusite for lending your voice when everyone including govt and security agents didn't care. https://t.co/0kbf300HzG
— MUTUM (@julius_mutum) November 22, 2020