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Buhari celebrates release of abducted Zamfara schoolgirls, says kidnappers must face justice

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A group of girls previously kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria arrive on March 2, 2021 at the Government House in Gusau, Zamfara State upon their release. – All 279 girls kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria have been released and are on government premises, the local governor told AFP Tuesday. Nigeria has been rocked by four mass abductions of students in less than three months, sparking widespread anger against the government and memories of the 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok, in the country’s east, that shocked the world. (Photo by Aminu ABUBAKAR / AFP)

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “overwhelming joy” over the release of abducted female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara.

While reacting to the development in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, the President said:

“I join the families and people of Zamfara in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.”

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President Buhari said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, adding that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us.”

However, while celebrating the release of the students, the president called for greater vigilance by the people so that human intelligence could be collected early enough to nip the bandits’ plans in the bud.

According to him, the time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping.

“Ransom payments will continue to prosper kidnapping,” he warned, while urging the Police and the Military to go after these kidnappers and bring them to justice.

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