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Bello receives freed Niger pupils

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Schoolchildren kidnapped from an Islamic seminary three months ago walk from a van as they are reunited with their parents in Minna on August 27, 2021 after their gunmen captors freed them from forest hideouts. The May 30, 2021 Tegina seminary abduction in northwest Niger State was one of the longest-running mass kidnappings at a Nigerian school since December when criminal gangs began to target students and pupils. John OKUNYOMIH / AFP

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, yesterday, received 91 freed pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, who were kidnapped on 30th May 2021 at the school premises.

The pupils were transported to Minna, the state capital and were immediately taken to a government healthcare facility in the metropolis, where they were subjected to medical examinations. They were declared fit to join their families, except four of them who required more medical attention.

Addressing the pupils and their parents at the Government House, Minna, Governor Bello revealed that a total of 91 pupils and two passers-by were kidnapped, out of which 92 regained freedom, but 1 lost his life.

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