Twenty-seven students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State abducted about five days ago have been released.
A highly-placed security source told The PUNCH that the abductees were on their way to Minna from around the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.
As of the time of sending this report at 11 pm, the state Governor, Sani Bello, top officials of the state government were at the Government House Minna awaiting the arrival of the abductees.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Niger governor, Mary Noel-Berje, also confirmed their release to Premium Times on Sunday evening.
The PUNCH reports that bandits, donning military uniform, had around 2 am on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, and whisked away 27 pupils and 15 staff members after killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil.
The incident has created nationwide agitation and worries over the safety of the kidnapped pupils and school staff members, who were whisked away into the bush by the bandits.
Also, 40 passengers travelling from Kontagora to Minna were abducted by suspected gunmen on February 14.
However, the passengers had regained freedom.