Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has obtained the 53 passengers on board the bus belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) kidnapped by armed bandits just lately in Kundu village, alongside Tegina- Minna highway within the State.

Receiving the victims on the Authorities Home Minna, Bello mentioned their freedom was resulting from a collection of dialogue, consultations and exhausting work.

They had been handed over to the Authorities crew yesterday, from an undisclosed location in Zamfara State, precisely one week after their abduction

They arrived on the authorities home precisely 11:15pm yesterday, in 4 18-seater buses.

That is coming amidst speculations on the fee of N500m as ransom, although the governor saved insisting the State wouldn’t pay ransom to bandits.

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He said that earlier than releasing the victims to their households, they must endure medical checkup and analysis.

In keeping with him, “We went by means of one week of dialogue, consultations, exhausting work and sleepless nights as a result of we needed to safe their launch throughout the shortest doable time.

“We now have made all crucial preparations to make sure that they undergo an intensive medical remedy and analysis and as soon as that’s completed, then we might be safely handed them over to their family members.”

The Governor then thanked God for his or her protected return and likewise appreciated the folks for his or her prayers.

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The discharge of the bus passengers isn’t unconnected with the intervention of the Kaduna primarily based Islamic Cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi.

It could be recalled after assembly with a bunch of the bandits on Thursday final week, the cleric assured that each one these kidnapped, together with the scholars will probably be launched unharmed.

Nevertheless, regardless of the assurances given by the federal government and the Sheik Gumi-led negotiation crew, the 27 college students of Kagara Governments Science School, three workers and 12 relations of the workers are but to regain their freedom.

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