Bandit Kingpin Dogo Daji has released four of the 11 remaining abducted students from the Federal Government Girls’ College Yauri in Kebbi State, Nigeria, after a huge ransom payment. The release of the students, who had been held captive for nearly two years, came with a disturbing revelation that two of them returned with babies they delivered while in captivity.
According to reports from PRNigeria, the Kebbi State government was initially reluctant to meet the bandits’ demands, leading to parents and other stakeholders raising the ransom money to secure the release of the students. In a letter addressed to Nigerians, the “Committee of Parents of 11 Abducted Students of F.G.C Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, Nigeria,” passionately pleaded for financial assistance towards raising the N100 million ransom payment demanded by the abductors.
The parents’ heartbreaking plea was a result of their daughters’ abduction by the bandits on June 17, 2021. Some of the girls had become teenage mothers, while four others were pregnant at the time of their release. The students were held hostage for approximately 20 months, with the bandits demanding a massive sum of money for their release.
The released students’ condition and the long wait for their freedom highlight the resurgence of kidnappings and banditry in Nigeria. The situation has raised concerns about the safety and security of school children, with many calling on the government to do more to protect its citizens from such atrocities. The banditry situation has become a menace in the country, and more concerted efforts are needed to curb it.
The release of the four students is a relief to their parents and the nation, but it also highlights the need for the government to take proactive measures to prevent the abduction of school children and put an end to banditry. It is time to prioritize the safety and security of Nigerians, particularly children, and ensure that such incidents do not occur again.
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