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Kuriga: 287 abducted Kaduna school children regain freedom



Muslim faithful attending Christmas Church service in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has announced the release of the 287 schoolchildren kidnapped from Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

Uba Sani disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

The statement partly read, “I wish to announce that our Kuriga schoolchildren have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Tinubu, for prioritising the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed. While the schoolchildren were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us, and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.”

The governor also appreciated the courage of the officers of the Nigerian Army in seeing to the successful release of the schoolchildren.

He said, “The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination, and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the schoolchildren. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

On March 7, 2024, the schoolchildren from LEA Primary School and Government Secondary School, Kuriga, were abducted by the hoodlums, who took them into the forest.

The abductors demanded N1bn for their release while giving a deadline of March 27, 2024, for the payment of the ransom.